Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Bris Milah

Steg, of BoroparkPyro, writes:
To me, berit mila is the opposite — a more primal, 'primitive', physical form of connecting to the Divine. We literally sacrifice a piece of ourselves and our children, performing the most miniscule echo of human sacrifice.
I don't know why so many people associate circumcision with sacrifices. It seems to me that it is a lot more akin to the scarification and tattooing practices, as well as circumcision, that are still found in many more primitive cultures. In many cultures these body modifications are done as a right of passage or as an initiation into the group.


Blogger Ben Avuyah said...

Religion is maleable in this way. One may insist Milah is a tremedous sacrifice, but when confronted with secular complaints of hurting the child, one may then argue vigorously that there is no sacrifice. Our particular religion has allowances for contradictory statements under the clause "ayin panim letorah".

It appears that milah was some form of tribal "marking". Personaly, I would of prefered a tatoo !

February 20, 2007 10:53 AM  
Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

From what I learned, originally,in ancient Babylon, circumsicion was a consideration upon sealing of a contract.

February 25, 2007 12:07 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Irina, can you cite a source for that at all? I have to say it sounds a little improbable - seems like you get a quota of sealing one contract per person :)

February 25, 2007 6:18 PM  

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