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OT: The many kinds of eunuch (was Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN)

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Saturday, October 18, 2003, 17:57
On 18 Oct 2003 at 9:53, Costentin Cornomorus wrote:

> Eunuch and castrato are certainly curious! A > castrato is made before puberty starts; a eunuch > is made after puberty (obviously by removing the > gonads).
There are, in fact, many kinds of eunuch (testes, penis, or both removed and/or crushed, compounded by whether the alteration occured in childhood or adulthood) in the world -- at least historically, in various cultures -- such that the word "eunuch" itself may be said to be somewhat of an overgeneralisation by those who care sufficiently about the subject. Even within single cultures, different terms and status were used for men who had undergone the same alteration for different purposes. Some cultures include regular or ceremonial transvestites among the general class of "eunuchs", regardless of genitalia. Others include all infertile men in this class, even if they are infertile through birth defects or disease. Paul


Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>Completely OT but, wotthehell Re: The many kinds of eunuch (was Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN)