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Circumcision Not Recommended

Infant circumcision is not performed as a rite in any organized religion outside of the Abrahamic religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shintoism; nor is it practiced in atheism, agnosticism, pantheism, and paganism.1

However, it is impossible to separate cultural from spiritual traditions in some societies. For instance, some coming-of-age rituals, which initiate pubescent boys into manhood and girls into womanhood, include genital cutting and might be officiated by a cultural leader or the clergy. There are various types of cutting involved, from mild to extreme.

It should be noted that infant circumcision cannot be considered an initiation since its purpose is to remove the boy from the care of the mother.2 Besides, the infant cannot grasp the meaning of the ritual nor participate in the psychological process of initiation, which is considered a requisite.3

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumcision
  2. Bell C. Ritual: Perspectives and dimensions. New York: Oxford University Press; 1997. pp 53-54.
  3. Bell C. Ritual: Perspectives and dimensions. New York: Oxford University Press; 1997. pp 101-102.
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