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Clitoridectomy knife, Ganza, Congo, pre-1936

Clitoridectomy is the removal of the clitoris or parts of the surrounding vagina. It has been practised in many cultures in the past. It still occurs in some Middle Eastern and African countries. This is often for religious and social reasons such as ensuring virginity before marriage. It is a painful procedure and a deeply controversial practice. This clitoridectomy knife is made of metal and wood. It comes from the Banda people of Central Africa.

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Glossary: clitoridectomy knife

Knife used for the removal of the clitoris (clitoridectomy), more often a therapeutic rather than medical procedure.