The etymological origin of eunuch It is found in the Greek word eunoûchos, which derived in Latin eunūchus. An eunuch is a man who has undergone the castration (that is, to the removal of their sexual organs).
The eunuch may have suffered partial or total castration. When the ablation both the testicles and the penis, there is talk of emasculation . In some cases, on the other hand, the testicles alone or only the penis are removed.
It is often said that a man transformed into a eunuch accesses a different gender condition: society does not treat men with genitals and eunuchs the same. The eunuch is feminizes due to hormonal alterations, although it does not register a genetic change.
In ancient times, there were customs that contemplated male castration. Eunuchs were sought, for example, to care for women They were part of a harem. In the art plane, the castrati they were eunuchs who were stripped of their genital organs in childhood to keep their voices sharp.
In "The Bible" there are different references to eunuchs. Thus, for example, it states that men were castrated either by punishment or once they had been enslaved. In the same way, mention is made of characters who were as would be the case of Saasgaz, who served as guardian of the wives and concubines of King Ahasuerus.
In addition to all of the above, we cannot ignore the fact that there are old documents that prove that the term eunuch was also used with another meaning. Specifically, it was used to simply mention an official who worked in the court of the corresponding king.
We must not forget that in some tribes of Africa when a man wanted to marry a woman he had to show his courage. What was the way to prove it? Giving his future wife the genitals of another male. That is, to marry, he had to make another man a eunuch.
It is also established by the legends that during ancient Greece the Amazons who did not want men to procreate mutilated them by cutting off their genitals. And not only that, also in Imperial China it was established that in order to work in the Emperor's Court men had to become eunuchs. For that they underwent a very painful castration in which the hemorrhages were notable and then endure four days of intense pain.
Currently, the practice of turning a male into a eunuch is unusual. However, in certain medical cases, castration becomes essential to preserve the Health of the individual. A accident It can also cause a man to be transformed into a eunuch.
At language colloquial, finally, the man who is called is eunuch effeminate or what no evidence virility . In this case, it is a derogatory or pejorative appeal: "Don't be a eunuch and do your job", “You are a eunuch! You always hide when there are problems ”.