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history behind the ``pinky promise``
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Well, it's part of what Sureiya said, and partly what drakke said.

Supposedly, the Pinky Promise began back in the Edo Period as a gesture of devotion that prostitutes would make with their favorite customers. The “cutting” of the pinky signified the women severing her own finger as a sign of eternal affection for her partner, essentially saying that she loves him enough to commit shinju, or ritual lovers’ suicide with him.

That pretty obviously came from the legend of the 'Red Thread of Destiny' that bound you to your soul-mate via a red thread tied around your left pinkies. That Legend came from China. So, techinically, it the tradition is Japanese, developed from an origionally Chinese Legend.
Hope that helps.

Personally, I want to know when we started using it in America, or in other areas outside of Japan.
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Posted 9/20/10
Cause it's cute
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Posted 9/20/10

SlayersGreat wrote:

Well, it's part of what Sureiya said, and partly what drakke said.

Supposedly, the Pinky Promise began back in the Edo Period as a gesture of devotion that prostitutes would make with their favorite customers. The “cutting” of the pinky signified the women severing her own finger as a sign of eternal affection for her partner, essentially saying that she loves him enough to commit shinju, or ritual lovers’ suicide with him.

That pretty obviously came from the legend of the 'Red Thread of Destiny' that bound you to your soul-mate via a red thread tied around your left pinkies. That Legend came from China. So, techinically, it the tradition is Japanese, developed from an origionally Chinese Legend.
Hope that helps.

Personally, I want to know when we started using it in America, or in other areas outside of Japan.



no....cause it's cute
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Posted 9/20/10
wow..cute..wondering when i see this topic
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Posted 9/20/10
but i still dont get what is the red thread tradition
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Posted 9/21/10
lol, I dunno...
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Posted 9/21/10
never done it. but heard about it.
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Posted 9/21/10
To pinky swear (in some regions referred to as the pinky promise) is when two people entwine their pinky fingers-and then kiss the back of their hands most commonly of the same respective hands-to signify that a promise has been made. The kiss is not necessary in all parts of America. Traditionally, the pinky swear is considered binding and tantamount to a handshake in terms of sealing a deal. The pinky swear originally indicated that the person who breaks the promise must cut off their pinky finger.[1]
In modern times, pinky swearing is a more informal way of sealing a promise. It is most common among school-age children and close friends. The pinky swear signifies a promise that cannot be broken or counteracted by the crossing of fingers, the "I take it back" or any other trickery.[2] If "no crosses count" is said at anytime during the pinky swear, it applies to any crosses (fingers, toes, etc.) at anytime during the pinky swear.
Posted 9/21/10
I don't know what's the deal it .
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i thought it was because japanese wives cut off their pinky fingers as a sign of fidelity to their husbands...someone told me that t least. im gullible enough to believe it ha....
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Posted 10/4/10

oinkybrain wrote:

but i still dont get what is the red thread tradition


The red thread, KIZUNA, is the thread of fate that binds two people. A promise, a shared interest...love...is a form of kizuna...kinship, if you will. I have read somewhere that if two persons are bound by kizuna...the red thread of fate...then they should never break it. BUT, that's not always the case. The red thread is just an imagery method to show the bond between the two people.

HOWEVER...I have also read that in 'history' witches stored their true power in their pinkies, therefore any pinky promise broken would take their powers and render them just another person. Don't know how true this one is (NONE) but it makes an interesting story...to some.

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Posted 10/4/10
2 things i know...
it not true.. and full of lies
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Posted 10/4/10
Story:
History goes way forward to year 3020... can't remember anything... it was long time after us.
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