subincision


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subincision

(sŭb″ĭn-sĭzh′ŭn)
The production of a fistula of the penile urethra, which may interfere with conception. It is used for contraception by some primitive groups, esp. Australian aborigines.
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Years ago, when I first learned of subincision - the remarkable practice of cutting the ventral portion of the penile urethra, sometimes from the glans to the scrotum - I puzzled over its origin and meaning until I found that, among the Aranda of Central Australia, the subincised penis was called by the same name as the female vulva.
Australian societies were egalitarian, and while the circumcision and subincision of males were practiced, no genital operations were performed on females.
Because it is based on land relations it is central to the religious education of youths fol lowing their circumcision and subincision.
Now men are far beyond the stage at which they expressed their envy of woman's procreative power through couvade, transvestism, or subincision.
However, he had not been `tested' by subincision, an important ceremonial step to acquiring the knowledge sought (1995:22).
Although he felt he could offer surgical circumcision as evidence of the first stage of ritual initiation, he lacked the sense and experience of personal trial and sacrifice or the spilling of blood--`Sunfly's whole body spoke to me about spilling blood'--that would suffice in his mind for the second stage of subincision.
His PhD argues a diffusionist position regarding migration, funeral rites and circumcision and subincision practices and so on which is maintained in his text Australian Aborigines (1938 and later editions).