Circumcision and other rites Was: Re: Male Virginity EXPLANATION

Herman Rubin (
31 Oct 1995 10:45:29 -0500

In article <>, <> wrote:
>In article <46ncss$>, (Michael Nakis ) writes:

I am not a professional, but I have read that the reason for circumcision
and such other manhood rites as filing teeth, deliberate pain, deliberately
going through fire, etc., is that these are things which separate men,
who can consider future benefits against current loss, from animals, which
cannot. Those tribes which used manhood rites were thus in a better
competitive position than those which did not.

Note that the original time for circumcision seems to have been the age
of puberty, and it was probably a disqualification if the boy even cried
out. In tribes which now have manhood rites, these must be passed if
the man is to be allowed to mate in the tribe.

Herman Rubin, Dept. of Statistics, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette IN47907-1399 Phone: (317)494-6054 FAX: (317)494-0558