don’t we have more important things to worry about? This is stupid. If the rock isn’t too hot for the mom to pick up with her hands, it SURE AIN’T DOING ANYTHING to the girl. This is a stupid superstition.
Thats what I thought about the still picture.
This whole this is picking out a few extreme cases to get folks to think abortion is a better answer.
Have you seen the women of cameroon? Many women there have saggy flat chests.
You don't suppose they could use something like heavy gloves, oven mitts, or other devices to keep their hands away from the rocks?
From the website http://circumstitions.com/breastiron.html
Thirteen-year-old Geraldine Mbafor could not hold back her tears as she narrated her ordeal.
“I had just finished doing my homework when my mother summoned me to the kitchen. She boiled water and in the water she put a grinding stone. She then removed the stone holding it with a thick cloth to protect her hands, and placed it my breasts and started ironing them,” she stated.
“I felt so much pains that I started crying. After that she bandaged my breasts with a band called breast-band...She did this to me for two-and-a-half months.”
According to 14-year-old Amelia, who would not give her family name, her breasts started developing when she was nine. Her elder sister decided to massage them every evening with a towel soaked in hot water.
“This was very painful, and every evening before I slept, she would put a big elastic belt well fastened round my chest to flatten my breasts.”
“Six months later the flesh that held my breasts was already weak. At 10, I already had fallen breasts and each time I undress I’m ashamed and it is a big complex.”
And yeah it is important enough to worry about.
The thermal conductivity of stone is low, around 2, compared to say steel, which is about 20. After watching the video, it appears the mother heats the flat side of the stone at the edge of the flames, while holding the curved side. If she moves the stone directly from the fire to the girl's chest, she could easily burn the child while still being able to hold the stone. Only the flat surface would be very hot, which the rest of the stone would be at best, warm to very warm.