"Masks of shame" for grumpy wives and drunks


Including so "punished" too loudly screaming women. Maybe this is where the habitual opinion of the British restraint comes from? This is truly convinced how wise our ancestors were! No psychologists to you, tricky tests and other modern husks.

And the results are good. So admire how in the Middle Ages they fought against bad characters.

In our time, poorly educated, not sober and characterized by obscene behavior of the representatives of society become heroes of commercials on the Internet and on television. In the Middle Ages, in some European countries the punishment was different - they put on guilty iron mask, in which they were forced to walk the streets.

This original “decoration” was called “masks of shame”, they were securely fastened to the head and there was no possibility to remove them on their own.

There were masks for men, women, and even for children. But most often in this way, women were punished after all - grumbling wives and brawlers.

In some of these “masks” a gag was provided.

Sometimes a bell was attached to the masks so that as many people as possible could pay attention to the guilty.

Often the form of the mask told what the carrier was punished for. A long nose meant curiosity, and the similarity of masks with the muzzle of an ass said that the punished is stupid.

Caught in alcohol abuse were forced to wear a pig mask.

Those who were wearing such masks became objects of ridicule and even aggression.

Probably, the percentage of corrections after such a punishment was high — it is unlikely that someone who “tried on” such a mask would ever want to wear it again.

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