Circumcision Rites, Ceremonies
& Practices Worldwide



Circumcision is the oldest known surgical procedure and most widely spread religious and social custom in the world. Circumcision is today performed on every inhabited continent and by many societies around the world. Estimates indicate that the worldwide circumcision rate is between 30% and 35%. In this chapter of the CIRCLIST website, we take you for an around-the-world look at circumcision.

This page is progressively being revised, country by country, so keep coming back to see where we are at.



Map of the prevalence of circumcision worldwide, released into Wikimedia Commons by AHC300 and others. It is based on a 2006 map from the WHO, and updated by Circlist according to our most recent information.




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