Growing Up Sexually



BACHIGA (Uganda)


Index Africa Uganda Bachiga


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



“No specific training or instruction is given children, except in manners. A little girl is taught how to sit modestly […]. A girl’s sex attitudes are developed quite early. Her first lesson is in sitting modestly. She is forced to change many of her ways with the approach of puberty. […] Her father and brothers chaperon her rigidly. All this in preparation for marriage to a total stranger, involving a disagreeable, lengthy, and very trying ceremony culminating in institutionalized rape. The boys’ introduction to sex is quite different. It is casual and gradual” (Edel, 1937:p148, 151)[1]. However, children’s play activities are not interfered with.









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] Edel, M. M. (1937) The Bachiga of East Africa, in Mead, M. (Ed.) Cooperation and Competition among Primitive Peoples. New York & London: McGraw-Hill Book Co., p127-52