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Flogging, also known as "Whipping" or "Lashing", was a torture method utilized in the past as a disciplinary tool and still seen frequently in fiction, being the favored tool of oppressive slave-owners or prison guards (such as the Pharaoh's guards in the Biblical story of Moses).
Flogging consisted of a victim being whipped on the back repeatedly, often a set number of lashings was given according to the crime and the victim was left badly scarred but rarely dead (those giving the punishment often had rules to follow regarding how the torture was inflicted). It is done so with implements such as whips, lashes, rods, switches, the cat o' nine tails, the sjambok, the knout, etc. Typically, flogging is imposed on an unwilling subject as a punishment; however, it can also be submitted to willingly, or performed on oneself, in religious or sadomasochistic contexts.
In fiction, however, Flogging tends to be shown with less restraint, with cruel overlords mercilessly whipping at the backs of poor and down-trodden slave workers.
Flogging, also known as "Flagellation", is outlawed in reality alongside many other forms of corporal punishment due to changes in society and ethics, which sees such tactics as unnecessarily cruel and a violation of human rights.
The strokes are usually aimed at the unclothed back of a person, in certain settings it can be extended to other corporeal areas. For a moderated subform of flagellation, described as bastinado", the soles of a person's bare feet are used as a target for beating (referred to as "Foot Whipping").