Title: A Note on Circumcision in Ancient Egypt
Authors: Willems, Harco
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Verlag Patrick Brose
Series Title: Tune el-Gebel vol:4
Host Document: Kleine Götter - grosse Götter. Festschrift für Dieter Kessler zum 65. Geburtstag edition:1st pages:553-558
Abstract: A famous passage in the autobiography of Khnumhotep II from Bani Hasan has often been understood as containing a reference to circumcision, but other options ("removing diapers")have also been proposed. Inspection of the original inscription has revealed that the sign used as a determinative in the expression fx m TAm is not the textile determinative, but certainly the phallus sign. Moreover, in this particular passage the phallus sign is written differ-ently from in the three other passages where it occurs: the phallus is rendered in a unique and therefore probably deliberate way, suggesting that the sign actually depicts the loosening of the foreskin.
ISBN: 978-3-944207-02-5
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb-p
Appears in Collections:Near Eastern Studies, Leuven

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