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