Meaning of Eunuch

What is Eunuch:

a eunuch is a male who has been castrated. A man can be made a eunuch by emasculation, that is, the removal of his genitalia in whole or in part. It is considered total when both the penis and the testicles are cut, and partial when one of these organs is mutilated.

In this sense, an individual could be a eunuch for two main reasons: for suffering a congenital problem or for being castrated, voluntarily or involuntarily. In fact, there were eunuchs who lost their private parts through violent acts, as a result of a war.

Formerly, in ancient and eastern history, eunuchs held high positions, very close to the king or emperorsuch as ministers or officials. We have news of eunuchs from Babylon, China, Persia, Byzantium, Arabia or the Ottoman Empire.

In the East, for example, eunuchs were used to guard women in harems.

In Europe, on the other hand, at a time when women were forbidden to sing, eunuchs were castrated so that they would preserve their high-pitched voice and sing in choirs.

In India, on the other hand, eunuchs still exist and are known as hijrasmembers of a third sex who castrate themselves and dress as women as part of an ancient tradition.

In the Bible there are many references to eunuchs as servants or guardians of the queen, the harem or other women in the royal courts.

Jesus, in the New Testamentconsidered that there were three types of eunuchs: those who were born that way, those who were made eunuchs by men, and those who made themselves eunuchs.

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But there is also, in the Catholic tradition, another type of eunuch: the spiritual eunuchwhich is one who practices celibacy to dedicate himself fully to the service of the Lord.

The word, as such, comes from the Latin eunuchusand this in turn from the Greek εὐνοῦχος (eunoûchos).