Growing Up Sexually





Index AfricaZaire Bakongo

Also: Congo

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

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


Weeks (1914:p172)[1] stated: “The unbetrothed girls from an early age up to puberty had free ingress to these houses [adolescent bachelor’s clubs] at night, and their parents encouraged them to go, as it “showed they had proper desires, and later in life they would bear children” ”. Access to the bachelor’s huts is customary for boys aged 12. Boy infants’ potency is greatly valued by his mother (Enry, 1971:p92). Van Wing (1959:p29)[2] relates how pubescents discover that one day he has to become a mbuta, an elder, a man capable of procreating. This makes him happy and proud, and the novum is rapidly spread among his comrades.










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] Weeks, J. H. (1914) Among the Primitive Bakongo. London: Secley [etc.]; Margold (1926)

[2] Van Wing, J. (1959) Études Bakongo. Paris: Desclée de Brouwer [?]. Also cited by Erny (1972 [1981;p60])