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Also referred to as "caning", the bastinado is a form of punishment still used throughout the Middle and Far East. The accused would be stripped bare, then bound in a way convenient to receive numerous blows to the backside, soles of the feet, or the back of the legs with a heavy shaft of bamboo or rattan. This procedure often broke bones in the feet or pelvis. Occasionaly after the caning, the wounds would be further aggravated with hot coals, scalding water, itching dust, or even the bites of red ants.