History of Contortion

Con­tor­tion­ism is an ex­treme­ly re­mark­able art form but has it al­ways been as ex­treme as the ex­am­ples we can find to­day on the In­ter­net?

Here I tried to an­swer the ques­tion "How far peo­ple could bend back­wards through­out the mankind's his­to­ry?"

I chose back­bends for the sim­ple rea­son that front­bends and splits seem to be even more ob­scure, I lit­er­al­ly couldn't find a sin­gle de­pic­tion of splits or front­bends in the an­cient art any­where... It al­most seems like peo­ple learned how to sit in the split on­ly af­ter pho­tog­ra­phy was in­vent­ed XD

Any­way, I tried to use the most flex­i­ble ex­am­ples I could find for each time pe­ri­od, but of course many achieve­ments in the world have nev­er been doc­u­ment­ed, so...

See al­so