Tile illustrated with the circumcision of Jesus, Europe, 1701-1900
Circumcision is practised across the world but is particularly associated with the Jewish faith. Male babies born into the faith are circumcised as early as eight days old. As Jesus was born into the Jewish faith, he underwent this ritual which is often performed at a synagogue. Some cultures practise circumcision for hygiene reasons.
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Surgical removal of the foreskin around the penis. Usually for religious or ethical reasons, but may also be done for medical reasons.
Pottery made of clay which is fired at a relatively low temperature. Earthenware is often semi-porous, meaning some liquid or air can pass through it. This can be altered by treating the pottery with a glaze.