Growing Up Sexually


BOVALE (South Africa)



Index Africa South Africa Bovale


Featured: Zulu, Basuto, Tswana, Swasi, Bovale, Pedi, Lemba, Xhosa, Xesibe, Tshidi Barolong, Venda, Fingo, Lobedu; ®!Xo

Circumcision rituals take place at age eight to ten, rarely over 14 or 15 (White, 1983)[1]. Ritual non-penetrative homosexual play is expected of the novices with the genitals of the ceremonial officials. Sexual instruction and obscenity occur in the ceremonial lodge.










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] White, C. M. N. (1983) Notes on the circumcision rites of the Bovale tribes, Afr Stud 12,2:42-56; Murray and Roscoe (1998:p143), op.cit.