Circumcision Mannekin

Last Updated on May 1, 2019

Here’s a mannekin dressed up in the traditional white satin regalia of the boy who’s about to “enter manhood” through the Islamic ceremony of sünnet, or circumcision.


I guess the painted-on eyebrows are supposed to add drama, but mostly they make the kid look freaky.

I found this li’l fella outside the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul‘s Eminönü section. It’s only one of many freaky mannekins I’ve run across in my travels.

For more on circumcision in Turkey, read “The Blonde at the Circumcision Party,” an excerpt from my humorous travel memoir, Bright Sun, Strong Tea.

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