The etymological origin of eunuch It is found in the Greek word eunoûchos, which derived in Latin eunūchus. A eunuch is a man who has been subjected to castration (that is, to the removal of your sexual organs).

EunuchThe eunuch may have suffered a partial or total castration. When the ablation both the testicles and the penis, there is talk of emasculation. In some cases, instead, the testicles alone or only the penis are removed.

It is often said that a man transformed into a eunuch accesses a different gender condition: the society He does not treat men with genitalia and eunuchs the same. The eunuch feminize due to hormonal alterations, although it does not register a genetic change.

In ancient times, there were customs that contemplated male castration. Eunuchs were sought, for example, to care for the women who were part of a harem. At the level of art, castrati they were eunuchs who were stripped of their genitals in childhood to preserve their high voices.

In “The Bible” there are different references to eunuchs. Thus, for example, it establishes that men were castrated either for punishment or once they had been enslaved. In the same way, mention is made of characters who were such as would be the case of Saasgaz, who served as guardian of the wives and concubines of King Ahasuerus.

In addition to all the above, we cannot ignore the fact that there are ancient documents in which it is proven that the term eunuch was also used with another meaning. Specifically, it was used to simply mention an official who worked in the court of the corresponding king.

It should not be forgotten either that in some African tribes when a man wanted to marry a woman he had to show her his courage. What was the way to demonstrate it? Giving his future wife the genitalia of another man. That is, in order to marry, she had to make another man a eunuch.

Likewise, it is established by the legends that during Ancient Greece the Amazons who did not want men to procreate mutilated them by cutting off their genitals. And not only that, it was also established in Imperial China that in order to work in the Emperor’s Court, men had to become eunuchs. For that they underwent a very painful castration in which the hemorrhages were remarkable and then endured four days of intense pain.

Currently the practice of turning a male into a eunuch is not common. However, in certain medical cases, castration becomes essential to preserve the Health of the individual. A accident it can also cause a man to be transformed into a eunuch.

At language colloquial, finally, a man is called a eunuch who is effeminate or what does not show virility. In this case, it is a derogatory or pejorative appeal: “Don’t be a eunuch and do your job”, “You are a eunuch! You always hide when there are problems “.