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Opinions sought on Barefoot Priest

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Prof. Brian Bocking, Jan 27, 2011.

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    Apologies, I'm not a foot care professional; I'm professor of the study of religions at University College Cork, Ireland; this is a temporary visit to the site after my wife's podiatrist kindly suggested I consult the worldwide experts on podiatry-arena with the following question:

    I'm researching a 'lost' Irish Buddhist monk, famous throughout S-E Asia a hundred years ago. His Buddhist name was U Dhammaloka. There are conflicting accounts about when he became a monk (and so went barefoot). Some say as early as the1880s, others as late as 1900. 20 years difference.
    The attached photo shows him in Burma in 1902, and I would be very grateful if you can look at the state of his feet and tell me whether, in your opinion, he'd been walking barefoot for 20 years, or just 2 years?

    All opinions gratefully received, after which I will politely withdraw from podiatry-arena and leave it to you specialists!
    Kind regards
    Brian Bocking

    PS If you're interested in more about U Dhammaloka there's a brief youtube video about him http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mUil5bVPsI and there's also a wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U_Dhammaloka
  2. Brian,
    Welcome. You didn't manage to attach the photo in your post. When you submit a reply, go to manage attachments, choose file, then click upload file. That said, I'm not sure how anyone could differentiate a foot which has been barefoot for two years from one that has been barefoot for 20 from a photograph, or even from physical examination? Someone might know, I'm guessing if it's anyone, it'll be Sid. You'll find him here: http://www.podiatry-arena.com/podiatry-forum/member.php?u=4865 Try sending a private message. Failing that, maybe one of the forensic guys could help: Prof. Wesley Vernon OBE is the leading light, he's in Sheffield (sorry I don't have an e-mail address for him, but this will get you close: http://www.sheffield.nhs.uk/podiatry/contact.php)

    I guess the only other way should be to contact one of the barefoot running forums and request photographs from barefoot runners who have gone barefoot for various periods of time and make comparisons.

    Anyway, good luck with your quest.

  3. There is no way anyone could give you an answer to your question based on that photograph. He may have been barefoot for 20 years or 20 minutes.
  4. That's worth knowing. It means we'll have to keep looking for some documentary evidence for his likely length of ordination.
    Many thanks

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