DOBU ISLANDERS (Papua New Guinea)


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“Among the Dobuans where the sex life of girls begins long before puberty, there is no initiation into tribal life and there is no cultural fear of menstruation. Among these people adolescence goes unremarked” (Mead, 1947:p7)[1]. Fortune (1932:p45)[2] refers to the verbal obscenities of young boys.









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] Mead, M. (1952) Adolescence in primitive and in modern society, in Swanson, G. E., Newcomb, T. M. & Hartley, E. L. (Eds.) Readings in Social Psychology. Rev.ed. New York:  H. Holt, p531-8. Originally (1947), p6-14

[2] Fortune, R. F. (1932) Sorcerers of Dobu: The Social Anthropology of the Dobu Islanders of the Western Pacific. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul