Eunuch

castrated male human

A eunuch is a castrated man. His genitals have been removed. This can be cutting off the testicles or removing the penis and the testicles.

Harem Ağası, head of the black eunuchs of the Ottoman Imperial Harem.

Over the millennia since, eunuchs had a lot of different functions in different cultures such as domestics, treble singers, religious specialists, government officials, military commanders, and guardians of women or harem servants. When eunuchs ran a harem, a monarch could be sure he was the one who fathered his wives' children since real eunuchs were always infertile.

In Byzantine art, angels and eunuchs were often shown in a similar light and manner.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Brown, Amelia R. "Painting the Bodiless: Angels and Eunuchs in Byzantine Art and Culture". inter-disciplinary.net – via www.academia.edu.

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