BUSAMA (Papua New Guinea)


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Hogbin (1963:p94-102)[1] discusses the “Awakening of the Sexual Impulse” with a chapter beginning with “puberty” (14/15 for girls. He relates that 5-year-olds play house (no sexological associations made), but soon the sexes separate in play groups, the “main impulse” allegedly coming from boys. Maternal concerns about her girl’s reputation start at menarche. An older woman is appointed to instruct the girl. The girl is chaperoned.









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] Hogbin, H. I. (1963) Kinship and Marriage in a New GuineaVillage. [University of] London: The Athlone Press