Papua New Guinea





LESU (Papua New Guinea)

More: Arapesh, Ari, Barano, Baruya, Bimin-Kukusmin, Busama, Darabi, Dobu Isl., Eipo, Etoro, Foi, Gebusi, Jaquai, Keraki, Kewa, Kimam, Kiwai, Koko, Kwoma, Manus, Marind Anim, New Britain, New Ireland, Normanby Islanders, Paiela, “Sambia”, Trobrianders, Vanatinai, Wogeo





Powdermaker (1933:p85)[1]: “[…] the children of both sexes may be found on the sandy beach playing at ritual dancing, or imitating adult life in their sexual play, which consists in the boy and girl standing very close together, [their] sexual organs […] touching […] but not penetrating. It is usually done quite openly in public and the adults smile […] and regard it as the natural order of things. This kind of play occurs from the age of about four. Occasionally a boy and a girl will steal away in the bush […] which is merely imitating the adult in more detail”. The women practise heel masturbation, a position learned and indulged in from about age six (p276-7).










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] Powdermaker, H. (1933) Life in Lesu: The Study of a Melanasian Society in New Ireland. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. Also quoted by Róheim, G. (1952) The anthropological evidence and the Oedipus complex, Psychoanal Quart 21:537-42, p539-40; Ford and Beach (1951:p192), op.cit.