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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Circumcision and subincision often constitute an important part of a cultural rite of passage because they cause lasting and visible results that function as diplomas, or marks of distinction, proving that they have gone through the required ordeal (Eliade 1975).
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.
Left alone, he believed that these people would be "decimated by their own tribal practices" - by which he referred especially to the belief that circumcision and subincision coupled with "widespread" abortion and infanticide would prevent this population from reproducing (Ibid.
It accounts especially for the apotropaic function of inflicting wounds on the boy-man's body (scarification, circumcision, subincision, castration), and especially for the mandate to brave near-death tests of skill and endurance.
Likewise Spencer had staged, among others, the picture referred to above of a subincision operation at Tempe Downs during the Horn Expedition (Mulvaney et al.
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).
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).
Piercings multiples, tatouages sexuels, subincisions tres poussees, mutilations volontaires, le repertoire augmente quotidiennement.
Beginning with the so-called 'tattoo renaissance' in the early 1990s, this movement has expanded to encompass piercing, cutting, scarification, subincisions, subdermal implants, branding, self-surgery, teeth filing, earlobe stretching, tongue splitting and flesh hanging, amongst other practices.