Growing Up Sexually





Index AfricaNigeria Lala


Featured: Badjju, Nupe, Hausa, Kadara, Kagoro, Efik, Tiv, Kanuri, Ijaw/ Ijo, Bini, Marghi, Jekri, Lala, Kofjar, Ibibio, Woodabe Fulani, Borroro Fulani, Ibo[ Afikpo Igbo, Asaba Ibo], Rukuba, Irigwe, Yakoe, Igbira, Igala, Orri, Dakarkaki


With the zane, or incision of the final tribal markings, the girl is considered eligible for marriage, one year after the second, pubertal scarification rite (Kirk-Greene, 1957)[1]. She does not marry a boy until he has undergone his Hono initiation rites (which includes endurance, but not circumcision).













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] Kirk-Greene, A. H. M. (1957) A Lala Initiation Ceremony, Man 57:9-11