Growing Up Sexually



BAAMBA (Uganda)


Index Africa Uganda Baamba


Featured: Ik, Gisu, Acholi, Sebei, Bahima/Bahuma [Hima, Bahuma Bajoro], Bachiga, Lango, Nkole, Ganda, Kiziba, Lugbara, Jie, Iteso, Bwamba, Baamba, So, Guang

Wayland[1] observes that “[…] wives are usually obtained by exchanging the girls of three or four years of age of one family for those of another” (p522). The girl is chosen, but effects some influence in mate selection.  When married, “[f]ree sexual intercourse is a very common occurrence” (“men seize young girls and drag them off to their huts where they stay for three or four days, after which they return” as “temporary wives”) provided that the female is willing. “It is said that fathers urge their girls to seek intercourse with men when a proper opportunity presents itself. If as a result of such intercourse a child is born, the man must make a present to the girl’s father, thus buying the child, and the girl must return to her father as soon as the child can be left” (p523).









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] Wayland, E. J.Notes on the Baamba, J Royal Anthropol Instit Great Britain & Ireland 59:517-24