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10 strange items of clothing worn in the past

10 strange items of clothing worn in the past

Leper’s clothes

Lepers were forced to wear these special clothes and ring a bell when they passed by. 


10 strange items of clothing worn in the past Plague doctor uniform

It was believed that wearing this uniform prevented doctors from also catching the plague. The beak was filled with sweet flowers because they believed that a way for the disease to be transmitted was through the foul smell. The uniform did help, but not because of that, but because it was made out of leather which kept infected fleas and rats at bay.

10 strange items of clothing worn in the past Traditional African masks

This kind of masks have their specific role in religious rituals; however, wearing them outside this context might be extremely creepy.

10 strange items of clothing worn in the past Capirote

This item was used by Spanish flagellants who whipped themselves as a demonstration of piety. The Inquisition also forced the people it condemned to wear them in public to make them targets of humiliation. Its bad reputation lasted to this day being a source of inspiration for the KKK members.

10 strange items of clothing worn in the past Executioner’s hood

This item of clothing wasn’t so out of common a few centuries ago, and if we think about how executioners were viewed, it is not hard to understand why they chose to wear it.

10 strange items of clothing worn in the past False face society

This kind of mask is wore by the members of an Iroquois medicinal society and it is used during rituals supposedly to scare the disease out of the patient.

10 strange items of clothing worn in the past Gas masks

Gas masks were first mass produced during World War II, not only for humans but also for animals.

10 strange items of clothing worn in the past Monk robes

Some people find this traditional robes scary even though they are supposed to represent piety and modesty. Maybe it is because of the monks’ solemn chants or the pop horror movies we have seen.

10 strange items of clothing worn in the past Scold's bridle

This was a medieval humiliation device, mostly used on women accused of anything from witchcraft to just being annyoing. The chain allowed their husband to lead them through town to be beaten and humiliated. The wearer’s tongue was pressed down by a spiked plate which made speaking and eating impossible.

10 strange items of clothing worn in the past Grotesque visors

This kind of visor was wore during parades and festivals in medieval times and not in actual battles as the weight of it wouldn’t really be an advantage to the one who wore even though it would have scared its opponents.

 

 

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