En el rito particular descrito por Bellatin, semejante a una subincision
(Laplanche 200), (8) en principio los genitales son admirados por las mujeres, y a cambio de la exhibicion la madre recibe diferentes objetos de ellas, quienes obtienen un placer escopofilico al ver expuestos los genitales del nino.
Removal of incisors, circumcision or subincision
(for boys) are often a part of this phase.
They thereby enter into relations with the totemic principle in it; this enables them to endure the frightful ordeal of penile subincision
without anesthesia (EFRL: 124).
Boys were prepared for kahe ule (subincision
of the penis) through a daily ritual of blowing into the foreskin until it loosened easily.
Even in contemporary times, rituals that involve either self-flagellation and intentional bloodletting or beatings by others is common in Muslim ceremonies; Hindus and Buddhists pierce the face and body during certain rites, and often burn the top of the head; and in Africa and Australia, indigenous people sometimes use genital mutilation on boys and girls that is intentionally painful, including circumcision, subincision
, clitoridectomy, or infibulation.
20, 2009) ("There are different types of MGM ranging from minor to severe; they include genital piercing, circumcision, subincision
, and castration.").
(1.) Many tribal societies practised other forms of bodily alteration (scarification, knocking out teeth, subincision
, piercing etc) usually as part of initiation rites, and most of those which practised male circumcision also practised forms of female genital mutilation.
The third, taught at the time of subincision
, is a sign language, not a verbal one.
We need to be told about religion and sacrifice and marriage patterns and subincision
to make any sense of what is being talked about in the first place.
Robert Cook and a number of other authors have further adapted this system to add introcision, an operation to enlarge the vaginal opening that has been reported among Aboriginal Australian groups who also enlarge the male's penis with the practice of subincision
. While introcision and subincision
certainly pose health risks, they differ considerably from the types of procedures found in many African and some Asian societies that are the topic of this paper.
Circumcision as well as subincision
were widely practiced throughout the greater part of Australia, but we have no idea when they were first instituted.
Moreover, the wound opened by Odysseus is a ritual scarring, a symbolic restoration of the feminine: "But then the blinding: / subincision
, / vulva opened / in the male's flesh" (373-74).