Featured : Owambo, Bergdama, Nama, !Ko, !Kung, Herero



The Herero are engaged in childhood (Dannert, 1906:p24)[1]. At any rate, the engagement is a paternal matter (see also Vedder, 1928:p178[2]; Luttig, 1933 :p89)[3]. Sometimes prepubertal marriage of girls occurred (Gibson, 1958)[4]. Irle (1906:p58-9) [5] commented on the “absence” of childhood education, leading to Unkeuschheit (p100-2).













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] Vedder, H. (1928) Native Tribes of South West Africa. Cape Town; Dannert, E. (1906) Zum Rechte der Herero. Berlin

[2] Vedder, H. (1928) (1928) The Ovambo, in Hahn, C. H. L., Vedder, H. & Fourie, L. (Eds.) The Native Tribes of South West Africa. London: Frank Cass & Co., p154-211

[3] Luttig, H. G. (1933) The Religious System and Social Organization of the Herero. Utrecht: Kemink

[4]Gibson, G. D. (1958) Herero marriage, Rhodes-Livinst J 24:1-37

[5] Irle, J. (1906) Die Herero. Gütersloh: Bertelsman. Quoted by Murray, S. O. (1998) Homosexuality in “Traditional” Sub-Saharan Africa and Contemporary South Africa. An overview, in Murray, S. O. & Roscoe, W. (Eds.) Boy-Wives and Female Husbands. Studies on African Homosexualities. New York: St. Martin’s Press, p1-18