Thought for the day

"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." -- Mark Twain
"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed." -- Ayn Rand, 'Atlas Shrugged', 1957

These two men are Manusmriti Das. Manumission is the act of a slave owner freeing his slaves. He just borrowed clothes and hats for the picture. This is a drawn-out picture and a statement about estrangement rather than a picture of a woman with her slaves.


To answer the question of why they are dressed but bold - this is part of the old custom of using shoes to denote class, status or wealth. It was highly customary that slaves were kept barefoot. Some countries have even said that slaves always live without shoes.


The motives of slave owners in enslaving slaves were complex and varied. First, manumission can present itself as a sentimental and benevolent gesture.


A typical scenario was for a dedicated servant to be released from the master's will after long years of service. This type of manusmriti was generally confined to slaves, who maintained some degree of closeness with their masters, such as those serving as personal attendants, domestic servants, secretaries, and the like.


In some cases, there was a prolonged sexual relationship between the master and the slave. The owners sometimes freed the woman and children born from such relationships.