IndexAfricaZambia → Kaonde


Featured: Kaonde, Nkoya, Tonga, Ila, Bemba, Ndembu, Mambwe / Amambwe, Luvale, Lozi


“The marriage of immature girls is so customary among the Ba Kaonde that a Government inquiry was made into the matter; it was found that girls “are courted and wed between the ages of eight and thirteen, always before they have attained puberty… It is not uncommon for them to be wives three or four years before they are even capable of coitus” (Melland, as cited by Seligman)[1].












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] Melland, F. (1923) In Witch-Bound Africa. London: Seeley, Service & Co., p66; Seligman, B. Z. (1924) Marital Gerontocracy in Africa, J Royal Anthropol Instit Great Britain & Ireland 54:231-50, at p241