This shameful practice was already denounced by UN that evaluates in 70 million the mutilated women.
To the infibulação, preceded or not of the clitoritomia, they submit the women of the countries Islamized of the African northeast, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, exclusive Chad. Nearly of the Muslims, seems that this practice is not known in the area bantu.
… The rupture of the hymen is mechanical and it is done by a senior woman with the fingers or using a small instrument. "In western of Africa coast, the youths are deflowered with the help of a bamboo that they conserve hung of the vagina about three months. To the turn of the vulva they put ants that devour the nymphs and the clitoris."
The noun of the language kimbundu "kilembu" means gender "sum, goods or money". AND the verb, also kimbundu, "kulemba" means to "render homage to the future father-in-law through conventional presents". Alambamento derives directly of this verb, after suppressing the radical of the infinite "ku" and of increasing him the extremity "mento" for influence of the Portuguese. In the same way other words appeared as "xinguilamento", "sunguilamento", "sabulamento."
…. It exists among some Eskimo groups that practice the girls' infanticide for the responsibility that they act.
Among the Tibetans farming, several siblings they share the same wife. It seems that they try to reduce like this the number of heirs so that the patrimony is transmitted undivided.
Wahumas of oriental Africa practice her occasional and temporarily. When the siblings help his brother to prepare the alambamento, he is entitled to share the wife which is to belong exclusively to the husband, starting from the pregnancy. The shepherds Todas, of the South of India, also make a woman marries of all of the siblings to his pregnancy.
The Portuguese, from the first contacts with the black-African people that these adored sorceries and idols. Filipo Pígafetta and Duarte Lopes, in her Description of Kingdom of Congo, published in 1591, they affirmed: "And we saw countless objects, because each one adored what more liked, without rule nor measure, nor reason of any species… they Chose, as gods, snakes, animals, birds, plants, trees, several wood illustrations and stone, and images that acted these you be already enumerated, painted or sculpted in wood, stone or other material…
The rites were varied, but all full of humility, as, for instance, to kneel, to knock down of face in earth, to cover the face with powder begging to the idol and making him offering of the dearest goods. They also had wizards that deceived making them to believe the those ignorant ones that the idols spoke."
In Traditional Culture Bantu. Pe. Raul Ruiz de Asúa Altuna. Editions Paulinas
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