CUNA / KUNA (central region of what is now Panama and neighbouring San Blas Islands)
“Early emphasis on modesty is extended to sexual training, where children are kept as ignorant of sexual matters as possible until marriage; when parents inform them of the sex act in the last stages of the wedding ceremony. Actually, the children have gained a conversational knowledge from their playmates some years before. Homosexual or other sex play is forbidden, and the crowded conditions of the island villages, at least, prevent much of this being carried on. Watching of the birth or sexual acts of animals is forbidden. The inevitable question of ‘Where did the baby come from?’ is answered by replies that the father met a deer in the forest, who was carrying it, or that a dolphin left it on the beach”.
animal reproduction is tabooed. Thus, the “point, that everything concerning
sex is to be treated with the utmost secrecy, is very strictly upheld among
the Cunas, and it is therefore usual that the girls, and even the young men,
when they marry are entirely ignorant in these matters. It is hardly credible
that this strict taboo on everything that connects with sex is a matter of
protecting the child's innocence, but rather it seems to me to be more likely
that it hangs together with the myths about creation […]” (Nordenskiöld,
1938: p370-1). “In addition to the evasions and circumlocutions used to maintain
sexual ignorance among the children, there are also many euphemisms in the
myths and chants wherever mention is made of menstruation or birth, and it is
considered very improper—indeed, sinful by some—to speak openly of sexual
matters, particularly in mixed groups (Stout, 1938:p38). A girl’s sexual past is “read” during initiation (
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004
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 Stout, D. B. (1947) San Blas Cuna Acculturation: An Introduction.