Home PoliticsAfrica News  Male Circumcision; An African gift to the world. Studies show more health Benefits

Male circumcision is an ancient  African practice. It won’t be an overt exaggeration to say that Male circumcision is as old as Africa.   This unique and skilled surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis, with some anesthesia applied to relieve the pain and stress dates back to the earliest civilization in Africa.  It’s estimated that around one-third of all men are circumcised for various reasons — some men for religious or cultural, others for medical reasons. But Africans. The practice of Male circumcision has been a way of life.

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The Africans of Egypt (ancient Egyptians) present the most well-documented picture of male circumcision.  The earliest recorded form of male circumcision by European travelers  is dated around the 5th century BCE, when the Greek historian Herodotus noted that the  Africans-Ancient Egyptians “practice circumcision for the sake of cleanliness, considering it better to be cleanly than comely.” While Herodotus’ observation and the report were based on his limited knowledge, many Ancient Egyptian documents reveal detailed health and other benefits of male circumcision.

Orthodox Jews pass baby infant Mendl Teichtal to one another before his circumcision at the Chabad Lubawitsch Orthodox Jewish synagogue on March 3,...

The Jewish religion later adopted male circumcision as a practice with religious significance. In the Book of Genesis, God commanded the prophet Abraham to circumcise himself and all the men in his household as part of an “everlasting covenant.” To this day, modern Jewish theologians believe that the cutting was symbolic of the covenant’s sealing. After all, the Hebrew term “karat berit,” which means “sealing a covenant,” is literally translated into “cutting a covenant.” But it is also key to note the Jewish practice of circumcision did not occur until they fled from Egypt-Africa.

Circumcision today

Today the practice of male circumcision has expanded to many Western nations and across the globe. While there have been some critics that point out issues with the traditional African practice of male circumcision, there are many ways that clinical and traditional  African circumcision practice can work together. Traditional and clinical providers can collaborate to improve the safety and acceptability of male circumcision, reduce complications, enhance health education, and improve the sexual and reproductive health of men while preserving the sociocultural importance of the male circumcision process.

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