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Threats and Thrashings

  • Rudolf Dekker
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Part of the Early Modern History: Society and Culture book series

Abstract

To keep their children under control, parents have threatened them for centuries with monsters such as ‘the batman’, ‘the toe-shearer’, ‘the werewolf and ‘haantje pik’ (a child-eating rooster). Such creatures would abduct them, strangle them or drown them.1 Children were told such stories so that they would stop whining. Sometimes, children were simply scared for the entertainment of adults. Some historians have regarded this as psychological abuse, and a symptom of the harsh attitude of parents towards their children in the past.2

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Dekker
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  1. 1.Faculty of History and ArtErasmus University RotterdamThe Netherlands

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