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What is the origin of circumcision?
« on: 17/07/2012 17:02:21 »
What is the origin of circumcision?
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What is the origin of circumcision?
« Reply #1 on: 17/07/2012 17:02:21 »
We answered this question on the show...



Chris -  Trish in Kingís Lynn has got in touch and pointed out that there are various aspects of the Jewish faith, with it being carried out on the 8th day after birth because coagulation factors have peaked by then.  But if we look further back Diana, what have you flushed out?
Diana -  Well it looks like circumcision has been attested historically, at least among the Egyptians, and that would have been around the 3rd Millenium BC. It seems to be to do with cleanliness.
A few Millennia later, Hereditas was writing about the Egytpians and he described it as a right of passage marking the transition from childhood to adulthood.  Perhaps the meaning of circumcision had changed by then.  I think the fact that different people in different parts of the world were practising circumcision implies it might be something thatís gone on far longer than our historical records imply.  Unfortunately the evidence doesnít fossilise well!
Chris -  Today, we continue to discover things about this. Itís been shown to have a dramatic effect on HIV Ė an 80% reduction in risk. The same benefit transfers to HPV which causes cervical cancer, penile cancer and warts.
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Re: What is the origin of circumcision?
« Reply #2 on: 17/07/2012 18:56:00 »
People who live in sandy environments may have problems with sand getting into uncomfortable places and doing them a mischief during unmentionable activities.
 

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Re: What is the origin of circumcision?
« Reply #3 on: 17/07/2012 22:13:47 »
Quote from: Diana
.......Unfortunately the evidence doesnít fossilise well!

You wanna bet? Allow me to introduce myself!

People who live in sandy environments may have problems with sand getting into uncomfortable places and doing them a mischief during unmentionable activities.

A bit like a sandpaper condom eh!


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