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Society’s Mark

by on Aug.17, 2014, under Art, Culture, Health, Kids, Religion

Body modification has been a tradition for some people for hundreds of years. The Padaung, in Burma, are part of the Karen Lahwi ethnic group. Padaung01 From an early age, the women wear rings, with more added periodically to make their necks longer. Padaung02 A long neck is considered by the group to be a sign of beauty. Paduang03 Their dedication to the tradition continues so they can be the most beautiful women of the tribe. Stretching and ritual scarification are seen as a form of initiation into adulthood; expression of art; or it may distinguish a village or tribe. scar_ethiopa01 In Djougou, Benin, tribal scars are displayed proudly. They aren't just for tribal identity. They also convey personal information. scar05 They need to be done at a young age, but due to their importance, the kids are anxious to get it done. CHU Liege Sart Tilman  Accueil entrŽe verrire They happily participate in the joyous ritual. Child during a Scarification Ceremony The pain is brief. Child during a Scarification Ceremony But the scars last for a lifetime. Child during a Scarification Ceremony Eventually the wounds heal. scar06 The Chambri tribe in Papua, New Guinea, scarify to pay tribute to their origin legend. chambri_manfrom They believe that man evolved from crocodiles, and became land-dwelling when they emerged from the Sepik River, which runs along the Chambri Lake. chambri_croc01 So they scar their bodies to resemble crocodile skin. chambri_croc03 The wounds have to heal in a controlled way to raise the scars so prominently. chambri_croc02 The process is incredibly painful. chambri_croc04 This video shows how these scars are made. Circumcision is another popular body modification. It signifies that a boy is a full-fledged adult member of a tribe, with the accompanying privileges, such as hunting, becoming a warrior, and taking a wife. The Ndebele, a bantu-speaking tribe from South Africa and Zimbabwe, has a two month circumcision ritual, during which each boy receives a tribal name that identifies him for life. ukuwela The Xhosa smear the lucky man with mud after the ritual is complete to insure that he will turn the color of manhood. RP939cm05.tif Although these rituals have been performed hundreds of times, there are sometimes complications. Here are pictures of some of them. We're more of a fan of temporary tattoos. ttat2 They can express your tribal affiliation and personality without all the trauma. ttat3  
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Eliminating Animal Testing: Some Important Tips

by on Feb.06, 2012, under Consumer, Drugs, Health, Kids, Nature, Religion, Technology

    No matter how much you acknowledge the need for product testing, how could anybody not be moved by the suffering of the test subjects? They lead horrible lives. In China, bears that are kept to harvest their bile have killed themselves rather than continue to submit to the painful procedure and life in a cramped, isolated cage. One mother bear killed her cub to spare him from the lifestyle, then continually ran into a wall until she died. Others have starved themselves to death. But good news is on the horizon, as the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany has found a substitute for the use of live animals. You don't actually need the live baby for testing: Just the foreskin. So much research material has been lost for so many years! The Hautfabrik developed at the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart is an affordable and sustainable alternative to animal testing.

The machine is fitted with 500 boards, each with 24 tissue cultures growing on it in little tube formations. In each tube, extremely thin skin samples grow from cells, which robotic hands have painstakingly extracted from foreskins donated to the project. Scientists use enzymes to detach the very top layer of cells from the skin, along with connective tissue and pigment cells. The foreskin used for the process is only taken from boys up to the age of four. “The older skin is, the worse the cells function,” explained Andreas Traube, an engineer at the institute's department of production technology and automation.

At the moment only very small skin samples are being created. “It’s logical that we’d want to take the operation to a bigger scale,” said Traube. If it catches on, maybe we can put an end to the suffering of animals for product testing. The equipment developed by the Fraunhofer team can extract between three to 10 million cells from a single foreskin. In the incubator these cells then multiply hundreds of times. The whole process can take up to six weeks, but according to Traube, “We can’t use the machine to speed up the process; biology needs time to take its course.” We wonder if anybody has tried rubbing them gently.    
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Forced Cuts

by on Sep.08, 2011, under Crime, Culture, Health, Racism, Religion

Some people have strong opinions about circumcision, but people rarely take it into their own hands to make their opinions felt.  
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Bible Tips

by on Aug.18, 2011, under Crime, Culture, Family, Health, Kids, Parenting, Religion

Keemonta Peterson, 29, from Portland OR., said she was inspired to circumcise her baby after reading the Old Testament. But her son was three months old, and she knew that pediatricians at the OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital wouldn't circumcise children over four weeks. An OHSU spokeswoman said it's true that pediatricians at OHSU won't perform circumcisions on boys older than four weeks because of the increased pain, need for general anesthesia and greater risk of bleeding. But urologists at the hospital will perform the procedure on boys older than four weeks.

Keesha, who refers to herself as "Yahayah's Chosen Vessel", decided to do it herself. She read about the procedure on the Internet.

She watched videos about the procedure on Youtube.

She gathered the proper equipment.

Around midnight on the morning of Oct. 24, using a box cutter as a scalpel and a pair of pliers as a tourniquet, she began the procedure. When the bleeding wouldn't stop, she tried to stitch the wound. Her thirteen year old son Dre watched in distress.

After two hours of uncontrolled bleeding, Peterson decided she needed help and called 911 to her home near East Burnside Street and 127th Avenue. Medics rushed the infant to OHSU, where he was initially listed in critical condition.

Keemonta is being held for first and second degree assault and first degree criminal mistreatment. A doctor described the baby’s condition upon arrival as life threatening, and the pain as immense.

According to the prosecution, Peterson said she has concerns about her mental health. She told the Oregon Department of Human Services that in the past she has been overcome with paranoia, and she and her children would stay inside. A month after the botched circumcision, she said she suffered “auditory hallucinations” and manic episodes that prevented her from sleeping for days.

She said that she follows the “Hebrew” religion, but doesn’t attend services at any particular establishment.

Her kids are staying with relatives and she is only allowed to see them on supervised visits.

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Tips For A Successful Party

by on May.11, 2011, under Culture, Health, Kids, Religion

Many societies have rites of passage for the transition of their boys into manhood. For a Catholic, it might be his first confession. A Jew has a Bar Mitzvah. Some boys get cars for their 16th birthday, or have a life changing experience at summer camp. Gay kids have a "coming out" party. In the Philippines, this important rite of passage is circumcision. most preteen boys are circumcised. Traditionally, young Filippino boys are circumcised during their school summer break period from March to May. The boys in Marikina lined up by the hundreds for a day long circumcision party. City officials held the party to promote safe circumcision. The procedure is often performed crudely in rural areas. The procedure was performed on primitive operating tables in a stadium in Marikina, east of Manila. Some boys cried, while others bit their shirts to stifle their screams as the surgery was performed on a dozen boys at a time. The boys are proud of their new status, but they seem to be less inclined to smile for the camera after the procedure. If they made the cut, there's another line where the boys can get antibiotics and pain killers. I hope they don't have to write "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" essays.
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Why Bananas Have Appeal

by on Jul.12, 2010, under Culture, Food, Religion

How to fulfill your banana's covenant with god:

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Cutting It Close

by on Jun.20, 2010, under Health

Circumcision is an ancient practice.  Whether for health, religious, or ceremonial reasons, it has roots in many cultures. Techniques range from primitive, as depicted above, to completely modern medical procedures in a sterile environment. It's a very simple procedure and only basic instruments are needed. There are a few common techniques. And even lasers are now used in the procedure. But then this happens. A young boy whose penis was accidentally severed during a mass circumcision ceremony in Riau underwent a second operation over the weekend to reattach his organ. Nazrul Edy, a spokesman for Awal Bross Hospital in the provincial capital, Pekanbaru, told the Jakarta Globe on Monday that Sunday’s procedure “went very well,” though he was quick to add that it was still to early to determine if there would be any permanent damage. Reports said the incident occurred when the victim, identified as 9-year-old Komaruddin, attended the ceremony in Rengat subdistrict, Indragiri Hulu, on July 6. Initially, only 100 boys were registered to take part in the ceremony, organized by the provincial welfare agency, but 170 children arrived, overwhelming about 20 medical workers and doctors, reports said. As Komaruddin was undergoing the procedure a tragic slip of the laser-cutting device occurred, removing the penis instead of the foreskin. The incident caused panic among those participating in the ceremony, which was canceled with only 70 boys having undergone the procedure. An initial attempt to reattach Komaruddin’s severed organ at Rengat General Hospital on the same day as the accident was not completely successful, and four days later he was transferred to Awal Bross. Nazrul said it was too early to tell whether Komaruddin’s penis would function normally in the future.

Komaruddin's Hopeful Future Development

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