THE CHINESE CONNECTION
"the operation may be said to be almost worldwide, with the
exception of Europe and non-Semitic Asia." (54).
Why the ancient Chinese
civilisation and Doctors had not recorded anything about circumcision?
Their traditional literature on sexual health is far more thorough
than much modern literature.
Oriental men have shorter foreskins (25)
The Chinese have "obviously been
equipped with a relatively short foreskin, as a result, the naked
head often peeps out, even when the penis is flaccid" (55).
If the Chinese are already equivalent to being
half circumcised, this would mean that they experienced less individual
necessity for the operation. If circumcision was only rarely necessary
in China, there would be little point introducing it as a routine practice.
In fact, whatever the origins for routine circumcision, if the Chinese
are already equivalent to being half circumcised, there would be considerably
less reason for them to adopt the practice.
up a new question.
Routine circumcision dates from probably
around 40,000 years ago. To those cultures who performed circumcision,
cutting the human body was an available concept, and a socially acceptable
thing to do.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has it's roots around 6,000
years ago and T.C.M. has never developed surgery as a medical possibility.
Is the reason that Chinese Medicine never developed surgery as
a form of treatment, because the Chinese as a race didn't have any
routine operation, which became an understood and accepted part of
their cultural practice?
These genital conditions are present on many mammals and thus they predate any human culture.
To what extent have
cultures and their practices been influenced by this frequent occurrance? (see here for anthropological relevant statistics)