Monday, June 1, 2009

Prominent Egyptian Cuts Off Penis

A prominent, 25-year old Egyptian from the Qena province cut off his own penis to protest not being allowed to marry the woman of his choosing. After his father refused to allow him to marry a girl from a lower social caste, the unnamed man heated a knife and sliced off his own manhood. Doctors were unable to reattach the member.

Egyptian marriages are usually arranged and rarely involve love. Qena is one of the poorest provinces in Egypt, as well as one of the most conservative. It is home to the ruins of Luxor, which was once the site of Thebes, the capitol of Egypt in the New Kingdom. Many have referred to Luxor as "the world's greatest open-air museum."

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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