Growing Up Sexually





Index AfricaZaire Bahemba

Also: Congo

Featured: Mbo, Bwela, Ngwana, Mukete, Basoko, Kuba, Bahemba, Azande

, Bakongo, Bakwa-Luntu, Tetela, Muyaka, Alur, Baluba, Baushi, Wagenia


According to Katahwa (1978)[1], pubertal girls practise elongation of the labia minora and hymenal distension (p243-6). The mother never takes part in sexual education, which is reserved for the age class (p236). The girl is informed on sexual hygiene and habits before and after matrimonial acts (p246).










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] Katahwa, Ng. (1978) De l’initiation traditionelle des jeunes chez les Bahemba du Shaba au Zaire, Africa 33,2 :217-48