Ritual mutilation: Subincision of the penis among Australian Aborigines

  title={Ritual mutilation: Subincision of the penis among Australian Aborigines},
  author={D. Pounder},
  journal={The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology},
  • D. Pounder
  • Published 1983
  • Medicine
  • The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Subincision of the penis is a traditional ritual mutilation unique to the Aborigines, the indigenous people of Australia. The mutilation is a urethrotomy in which the undersurface of the penis is incised and the urethra slit open lengthwise. Subincision is one element in the initiation of Aboriginal youths. In later ceremonies, repeated throughout adult life, the subincised penis is used as a site for ritual bloodletting. There also exists a ritual of penis holding which occurs when a… Expand

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