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Williams (1936:p158-9)[1] stated that homosexual practices occurred when the Keraki boy could “be trusted to keep the secret from his mother”[2], or at about age 13 (see also Bleibtrue-Ehrenberg, 1980:p98-102; Van Baal, 1966:p493). A legend is used to explain the origin of the custom (Williams, 1936:p308; Hage, 1981:p271)[3].











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[1] Op.cit.

[2] Creed (1984:p160), citing Williams, stated that Transfly Keraki boys are introduced to homosexual practices “at about the age of 13”, at the bull-roarer ceremony. Landtman (1927:p237) did not give a reliable statement on age organisations.

[3] Hage, P. (1981) On Male Initiation and Dual Organisation in New Guinea, Man, New Series 16,2:268-75