Growing Up Sexually





Index Africa Kenya Amwimbe


Featured : Pokomo, Amwimbe, Kore, Kuria, Masai, N’Jemp, Ariaal Rendille, Kamba, Tiriki, Chuka, Maragoli, Kikuyu, Kipsigis, Gusii, Luo, Meru, Samburu, Tuken, Nandi; ®Iteso



The age of sexual operations varied considerably, but usually occurred between 12 and 16 for boys, a little later for girls (Browne, 1913:p137)[1]. “Considerable, if not complete, sexual licence” is allowed after circumcision and labiectomy (p140). Before the operation a charm protected girls from pregnancy, which after the ceremony is replaced by a fertility charm.











Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1] Browne, G. (1913) Circumcision Ceremonies Among the Amwimbe, Man 13:137-40