Circumcision in Kapuku

From Themys Project

Circumcision has historically not been popular in Kapuku, as it was seen only a royal tradition. It is unknown how the tradition started but there are many ideas. One hypothesis is that foreskin was seen as a sign of sexual desire, and the removal of the foreskin would increase your Ikehu. In the early Kingdom of Limoni, circumcision was outlawed and only practiced with the high chiefs and royalty. Commoners that were found to be circumcised were either killed or sacrificed to Haka. Early circumcision was practiced with sharp obsidian knifes, many times decorated in rare stones. The removed foreskin would then be burned in sacrifice to Kalek. Circumcision would normally not occur until the boys were seen as wielding high levels of Ikehu, which would usually not be until the age of 16. When the first Zhenian settlers arrived, they introduced regular circumcision. These settlers were rejected by the Kapukan people, as they were seen as foreigners trying to imitate the royals. Over time, some circumcision was practiced, only occurring in majority Zhenian settlements on the island of Ulukau. By the turn of the 20th century, around 3% of Kapukans were circumcised. After the liberation of Kapuku in 1537 AC, Florencian cultural influence also slightly effected the circumcision rates. Today, only 6% of native Kapukans are circumcised, while 11% of the entire population are.

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Cultural influence