Re: Origin of circumcision
10 Nov 95 00:13:50 -0400

In article <47ge1k$>, (Robert Dobbs) writes:
> In <> writes:
>>Here's a comment that I came across in another newsgroup (whose name I
>>am keeping secret, in order to protect it from the foolishness that
>>has been haunting sci.anthropology):
>>"Male circumcision is quite common among most groups whose tribal
> origins
>>can be traced to dry desert environments. Australian Aborigines,
> various
>>African tribes, most Middle Eastern tribes (including Jews and
> Muslims) all
>>practice circumcision. The foreskin can be problematic in dry
> environments
>>with inadequate supplies of water for cleaning - hence this practice
> in those
>>Now there's a basis for doing some *real* research.
> And penetrating research, too.

Yes indeed. You've got the cultural activity. You've got the material
conditions. Now go forth and scrutinize.