"Men of few words are the best men." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act III, Scene II

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Subincision

A section of The Hero with A Thousand Faces, which made an indelible impression on the QMBC, was Campbell's detailed description of the aboriginal Australian rite of subincision. Be warned before reading on that once the definition of subincision is learned, it cannot be unlearned.

The coming of age ritual culminates in an incision being made on the underside of the youth's penis, from base to tip, creating a bleeding opening which is likened to a vulva, thereby making him 'more than a man'.

In the days before his subincision, the youth is made to fast, being sustained only by blood from the re-opened wounds of the menfolk's own 'penis-wombs'.

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