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Genital Cutting Customs
by Age and Region/Ethnic Group

Partial data from source below, supplemented with contemporary reports from around the world.
Source:
Gray, L.H. "Circumcision"
(comp. by Hastings in "Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics" New York, International Universities Press, 1958)


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GENITAL CUTTING OF MALES

  • Immediately after birth: boys born in the United States, Canada and Australia.

  • At 8 days: Jews, Samaritanian, Abyssinian, South American Guamo, Otomaco, Saliva (Orinoco River region).

  • Multiples of seven days after birth: Southeast Arabs.

  • At the begining of walking: African Wasambalas.

  • From 2 to 8 years: Kashgar Mohammedans.

  • From 2 to 10 years: Turkestan Mohammedans.

  • From 3 to 4 years: Massai, Kenya (also ages 12-14); East African Usambaras; Iranian Mohammedans.

  • From 4 to 5 years: Karakuchinian, Central Asia.

  • 5 Years: Ansytian, New Hebrides; Algerian Mohammedans.

  • From 5 to 8 years: Nianesian, Malaysia.

  • From 5 to 10 years: Modern Egypt.

  • From 6 to 13 years: Kabilas; Turkey.

  • 7 Years: Swahilis.

  • From 7 to 8 years: Akra, Golden Coast.

  • From 7 to 10 years: Tana, New Hebrides.

  • More than seven years: New Caledonia.

  • 8 Years: Bakwiris, Cameroon; Tahiti.

  • From 8 to 10 years: Somalia; Kafirs; Congo; Samoa.

  • Before 10 years: Muslims in general.

  • From 10 to 12 years: Philippines (also at birth); many tribes in South America; Madagascar (also between ages 3-4).

  • 12 years: Ewe, West Africa; Limo lo Pahalao, Celebes; South Korea.

  • From 12 to 13 years: Arabian; Sarakolesian, West Africa.

  • From 12 to 14 years: Mandingan, Sudan; Masai, Kenya.

  • From 12 to 20 years: Wydah and other regions of West Africa.

  • 14 Years: Ancient Egypt; Bambaras; Behuanian; Fiji.

  • From 14 to 16 years: Angaardi, Murchison River in Western Australia.

  • From 15 to 16 years: Wolofas, Senegambia.

  • From 16 to 17 years:Wakikuyus, East Africa; Xhosa, South Africa.

  • When the beard arises: Many tribes in Southern Australia. Some aboriginal Australians perform the "Ariltha", a cutting open of the underside of the penis (subincision), creating a hypospadia with the purpose that the male genitalia will appear similar to that of the female. Also permits urination in the same position as females.

  • In puberty: Melanesians; Nukaivas, Marquese Islands; Wakambas; Wanikas; Amaxosa; Bassutian. 

GENITAL CUTTING OF FEMALES

  • Immediately after birth: Totonecan, South America; Pehuls, West Africa.

  • 8 days after birth: Abyssinian.

  • Two weeks after birth: Sarakolesian.

  • A few weeks after birth: Arabian.

  • From 3 to 4 years: Somalia.

  • From 3 to 10 years: Coptics.

  • From 6 to 7 years: Malayan; Javanesian.

  • From 6 to 8 years: Warangis.

  • From 7 to 8 years: Modern Egypt.

  • From 7 to 10 years: Seranglau; Gorong.

  • 8 years: Galas; Agow; Dongola, Kordofan.

  • From 9 to 10 years: Upper Egypt; Sudan.

  • From 9 to 15 years: Holontala, Celebes; Bone; Boalemo; Katingola.

  • 10 years: Chuncho, Perú.

  • From 10 to 12 years: Malinkan and Bambaran, Mandingan District of the French Sudan.

  • Before puberty: Mara, Australia.

  • 14 years: Bamangatos, from Bechuan origin, Ancient Egypt.

  • From 14 to 15 years: Australia, in general.

  • In puberty: Alfurese archipelago; African Wakambas; Wachagas; Wanikas;Wakikuyus; Mandingan; Maktissian, from Bechuano origin; Kafirs, Old Calabar.

  • Immediately after marriage: Massai; Wakwafis.

  • 8 Days before marriage: Luanda.

  • After giving birth to children: Guinea; Swahilis.

 

Ages at which infibulation is performed:

  • 3 years: Senaar, South of Nubia; Danakil.

  • 6 years: Sudan.

  • 7 years: Harrar.

  • 8 years: Malayan Mohammedans, Kordofan.

  • From 8 to 9 years: Massawa; Beja; Galas; Somalia.

 

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