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Untold tales of the ancient world

The level of focus on a woman's breast is as interesting as it is amusing. There have been laws, art, societal norms, books, controversies and almost anything that allows as an excuse to slip it into a conversation or at least a brief statement. Depending on the time-period or region, the interest comes from different perspectives - the level of taboo associated with it in conservative societies or the breast being a "distinguishing factor" to tell a woman apart from a man or just curiosity of the human mind.
Whatever be the reason, an unnecessary underlying tone of mystery and controversy has been woven into human minds (often young) historically, that has somehow convinced human beings to give the woman's breast a little pedestal of its own, that is sometimes positive and more often much darker.
In 19th century India, there was a tax imposed on lower-caste women of Kerala, which is almost comical to think about in the 21st century called the "breast tax" based on the size of the bosom. In a caste-driven society where these tribes fell into the lowest economic sectors by birth, the burden of the "breast tax" was a new layer of complication added to the lives of the tribal women which allowed heads of the region to govern if and in what circumstances these women were allowed to wear cloth over their chests.


When they were living their private lives within their community, these tribal, primitive women were happy in a simple white cloth around their waist and chunky ethnic jewellery that they made together. They were sensual, beautiful and in my eyes represent an underlying power of womanhood which was slowly resurfacing, in a patriarchal ancient world.

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