It’s summer vacation again and occasionally you’ll catch a glimpse of little boys (and big guys alike) doing this:
Summer vacation is the best time to undergo circumcision! As part of the Filipino culture, tuli (circumcision) has been always been a tradition every summer. Here in the Philippines, we take circumcision really seriously. Every Filipino boys and grown men (if you were afraid when you were young) undergo this terrifying stage of their lives, or else you’ll get teased your whole life.
Anyways, here are some superstitious beliefs associated with it:
Getting teased of being “supot/pisot” is really embarrassing. Being circumcised is a sign of being macho,
Patuli na kaw! It’s never too late!
Being bulol means you still speak like a little kid, that is, you stammer and can’t pronounce words well.
But is tuli really the cure?
It isn’t true… I tried. T_T
The primary motivation of young men to undergo circumcision – girls will find you ‘dirty’ if you’re uncircumcised.
Or maybe you’re just torpe.
On Tuli Operations being done during the Holy Week, Black Saturday is the best day to have it. Folks believe you will bleed less ’cause God is already alive on Saturday. Newly circumcised boys are also asked to jump to minimize the bleeding.
But damn… the bacteria from your saliva man! Anyway, the circumciser (usually the village barber) also recommends bathing in the nearby river will make you feel better. Just make sure the river isn’t dirty!
And that’s why a rural town’s “Operation Pukpok” is usually done in a forested area so no girls would see the process.
But… but I want a nurse to circumcise me!!!
What a way to promote circumcision! Anyway, here’s a Time article about it.
It’s also hard to walk wearing a dress too big for you.
Pangangamatis, the folks call it that. They never explain why, maybe our dicks are still too shy to be seen or women’s eyes are cursed.