South America

IES: Brazil


JAMINAWA (prim. State of Acre, near the borders of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia)


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“Jaminawa youth experiment with sex even before puberty, and girls who become pregnant before marriage undergo painful abortions performed by kneading the abdomen. Sometimes, Mireilles [“Jose Carlos Mireilles, the grizzled chief of Funai for the state of Acre”] said, the abortion does not work, and the baby is born. In those cases, the unwanted babies are buried alive”[1].








Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Oct. 2004


[1]  Schemo, D. J. (1999) The Last Tribal Battle, New York Times Mag, Oct 31 []