Glans exposure with no foreskin removal
In the early 1980s I spent nearly four years in Chogoria Mission Hospital (click here), near Meru, on the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya. The local Kimeru were close relations of the largest Kenyan tribe, the Kikuyu. As general duty medical officer I treated a lot of men, and saw a lot of penises. The older ones had all been circumcised in a rather unusual way.
I’ve not come across a description, although this website mentions that the neighbouring Chuka did it the same way, without describing how. Here is what I remember seeing, and being told, 30 years ago. I hope no-one was pulling my leg.
The Kimeru circumcised penis had an exposed glans as normal, but also a flap of loose skin on the ventral surface, the “beard”. Men being men, a large “beard” was something to be proud of!
The operation was done at puberty. The surgeon pulled the dorsal foreskin forward, and made a longitudinal incision through both layers, creating a buttonhole which he pulled over the glans penis, leaving it exposed. No skin was removed.
It doesn’t sound much fun, but I guess it was a good deal less painful and less mutilating than the usual procedure. I wonder what the effect was on HIV transmission.