Whacked on the Rack

Last year I asked wryly whether Cachtice is the only place in the world that welcomes tourists by whacking their bottoms. The answer turns out to be, no: it goes on all over Slovakia!

Slovakia Deres 2006 P9151257

This naughty girl is on a traditional Slovakian device known as the deres. The word translates loosely as rack, but it’s not used for stretching people…

All torture is awful, of course, but there seems to be no shortage of willing lady tourists ready to put themselves on the deres, and thereby put their derrieres in danger. Traveling eastward from Cachtice, we arrive at the Klenovska Rontouka folklore festival in Klenovek, to find…

Slovakia Klenovska Rontouka Folklore festival 2013 aSlovakia Klenovska Rontouka Folklore festival 2013 bSlovakia Klenovska Rontouka Folklore festival 2013

And eastward again takes us to in the 18th-century prison dungeons beneath the town museum of Spisske:

Slovakia Spisske 2014

Not to mention the torture chamber of nearby Spis Castle:

Slovakia Spis 2012

This is all in fun, of course… but sometimes the guys look as if they mean business:

Slovakia Deres aSlovakia Deres b

And occasionally, it seems, they really do:

Slovakia Deres bare

Ouch!

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