Growing Up Sexually


FINGO (South Africa)



Index Africa South Africa Fingo


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

Males are circumcised, the age is not exactly given (Brownlee, 1931)[1]. “I cannot say more of their motions in dancing than that they were suggestive of procreative ability; this idea, indeed, might be applied to the movements of all the dancers, male and female, throughout the ceremony”. In Fingoland, Brownlee (1935:p8)[2] was informed that during the seclusion at the menarchal/thelarchal initiation rite (often performed later), a girl’s hymen “is perforated by means of an ox horn, and that the same instrument is used for extending the labia majora, the idea being by this means to make intercourse more pleasurable, and fruitfulness more certain”.











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] Brownlee, F. (1931) The Circumcision Ceremony in Fingoland, Transkeian Territories, South Africa. Man 31:251-4

[2] Brownlee, F. (1935) The In-Tonjane Ceremony, as Observed in Fingoland, Man 35:8-9