1913 Photo of Woman Condemned to Die of Starvation for Adultery in Mongolia

Albert Kahn - Mongolian Woman Sentenced to Death by Starvation for Adultery

Albert Kahn - Mongolian Woman Sentenced to Death by Starvation for Adultery

This photo was taken in July 1913 by French photographer Albert Kahn. Albert Kahn was a millionaire banker who pioneered color photography using the process invented by the Lumi猫re brothers. During his trip through exotic countries, Albert Kahn visited Mongolia where he took this picture of a woman who was condemned to slow and painful starvation by being deposited in a remote desert inside a wooden crate that was to become her tomb.

The photo was first published in the 1922 issue of National Geographic. It was the publishers who made the claim that the woman was condemned to die of starvation. Since then, many people expressed doubts over the story, although the authenticity of the photo is undisputed. I don’t think anyone’s been able to explain the food bowls on the ground, although those could have been for water to prolong her suffering. Death by dehydration is fast compared to death by starvation.

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46 thoughts on “1913 Photo of Woman Condemned to Die of Starvation for Adultery in Mongolia”

    1. cruel evil little bitch 馃槈 lol i would have to say the same though i would love to see the people i hate suffer but i would be more likely to break someones legs slowly and and force them to stand on them and snap every one of their fingers in the same manner one by one and then let them stave to death in a box with salt to make them suffer even more 馃榾

      1. OMG! yes I have seen it .. it is soo fucking clever and well done .. but i do believe that his box is smaller then that one and even if the box is opened they cant move cos of the shit he puts threw their feet… fucking great movie

    1. I’m thinking i need to get one of these boxes. I know that meat is for the man and bones are for the dogs, but i do have a few pounds to lose myself. I love to grub but the carbs keep the junk in my trunk! Lol. I think if i get one of these custom made, I’ll be running marathons in no time! If not, at least I’ll have a flatter tum-tum!! =) What would i do without BG i ask ya?! 馃槈

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