hookswinging [hoo k-swing-ing] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a ritualistic torture, practiced among the Mandan Indians, in which a voluntary victim was suspended from hooks attached to the flesh of the back.

Origin of hookswinging First recorded in 1890–95; hook1 + swing1 + -ing1 Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for hook-swinging Historical Examples of hook-swinging

  • They are however no credit to their religion, for one of their principal ceremonies is hook-swinging.

    Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)

    Charles Eliot

  • The hook-swinging ceremony is said69 to be sometimes performed after the consent of the goddess has been obtained.

    Omens and Superstitions of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

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