It was a slave practice which at some point diffused into common society and became a prerequisite from marriage as it is in communities today.
Of course, a custom originally employed by slave traders to make their female slaves more valuable and that the practice spread out of Nubia along strong slave trade roots through Sub-Sahara Africa, East to West. This may be why FGC has such a wide prevalence in various very different areas including the Middle East, which would have had ancient slave trade links with Africa. –
Yes, a slave practice which at some point diffused into common society and became a prerequisite from marriage as it is in communities today. It is shocking but not altogether surprising that today’s cutting descends from this brutal control of fidelity and fertility and gives us all the more reason to make a concerted effort to end a practice which has painfully endured two hundred years after the African slave trade has ended. –