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Circumcision knife, Central Australia, 1850-1920

Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin of the penis. It is practised worldwide for cultural and religious reasons. This circumcision knife has a quartzite blade and gum handle. It originates from near the MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Circumcision is often an initiation into manhood and a rite of passage for young men within many Australian aboriginal groups.

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Glossary: circumcision

Surgical removal of the foreskin around the penis. Usually for religious or ethical reasons, but may also be done for medical reasons.

Glossary: circumcision knife

A knife used to perform circumcision.