Foot History, Literature and Reference
Literature and Reference: Footworship, Trampling, Podoerotica
Hello again foot
fans. I thought seeing as this forum can take so many directions,
it would be interesting to discuss, and bring about, the rich history
and devotion humanity has had with it's women's feet. As I mentioned
in several other areas within this forum, the immense volume of data
on foot worship and foot/shoe fetishism through the centuries is
Here I have found a reference to a rather unusual trample scene, one from a
story discussing the Goddess Aphrodite, the East Indian Goddess Durga-Kali
and her apparent temper,
Here is some of that text... (link to full text) http://www.aeonjournal.com/articles/aphrodite/aphrodite.html
... it was the goddess' cries which shook the world:
"I rain battle down like flames in the fighting, I make heaven and earth shake
with my cries, ... I, Ishtar, am queen of heaven and earth. I am the
queen... I constantly traverse heaven, then I trample the earth, I destroy
what remains of the inhabited world."
Ancient India presents the scholar with several examples of the warrior-goddess,
the most interesting of which is Durga-Kali, who shares numerous characteristics
with Ishtar. Witness the following hymn:
"Her anger grew so terrible that she transformed herself, grew smaller and
black and left her lion mount and starting walking on foot. Her name then became
Kali. With tongue lolling and dripping with blood, she then went on a blind
destructive rampage, killing everything and everyone in sight, regardless of
who they were."
Although Kali is occasionally described as beautiful, it is more common to
find her presented in repulsive terms:
"Hindu texts referring to the goddess are nearly unanimous in describing her
as terrible in appearance and as offensive and destructive in her habits.
Her hair is disheveled, her eyes red and fierce, she has fangs and a long lolling
tongue, her lips are often smeared with blood, her breasts are long
and pendulous, her stomach is sunken, and her figure is generally gaunt. She
is naked but for several characteristic ornaments: a necklace of skulls or
freshly cut heads, a girdle of severed arms, and infant corpses as earrings."
As battle was described as the "dance" of Ishtar, so too does Kali
dance during battle:
"Ever art you dancing in battle, Mother. Never was beauty like thine, as with
thy hair flowing about thee, thou dost ever dance, a naked warrior
on the breast of Shiva."
Kali's dancing, moreover, like that of Ishtar, threatens the foundations of
"The dread mother dances naked in the battlefield, Her lolling tongue burns
like a red flame of fire, Her dark tresses, fly in the sky, sweeping away sun
and stars, Red streams of blood run from her cloud-black limbs, And the world
trembles and cracks under her tread."
Here is an excellent link for more on Goddess Kali, who in many ways is so
misunderstood. This article sheds a different light on her mood and place in
Yes, indeed, the world trembles, I know I would under her feet!!! Perhaps this
goddess was betrayed in her time, as are most women in that part of the world,
which saddens me deeply. We can only try to absolve this with our new compassion
and love of the woman and her delightful and sensitive feet. Anyone with interesting
historic notes please feel free to contribute!