- In both cases, it promotes one into full membership of the community.
- In both cases, it is a mark of identification of a person to a particular community.
- In both, it is carried out on male children.
- In both cases, circumcision has a religious significance.
- In both cases, special people/ religious leaders/heads of the community carry out the operations.
- In both cases, it unites the members with the ancestors.
- In both cases, members receive new names.
- In both cases, the rite is carried on from generation to generation/ is compulsory/ whoever fails to observe it is considered an outcast.
- In both cases, the ritual is a communal affair.
- In both cases, it involves the cutting of the foreskin.
- In some African communities, they circumcised both boys and girls while the Jewish community circumcised boys only.
- The African communities circumcised mainly teenagers while the Jews circumcised infants at 8 days.
- Jewish circumcision is a religious requirement while the African circumcision is a cultural requirement/ rite of passage.
- In the African communities the initiate would later be entrusted with new roles/responsibilities e.g. marriage, inheritance of property etc which was not the case for the Jewish community.
- Among the Jews it was commanded by God while in African communities it originated from ancestors.