Growing Up Sexually





Index Africa Zambia Mambwe


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


Betrothal is common in childhood, but no cohabitation occurs until the marriage ceremonies after puberty (Mors, 1946-9)[1]. At menarche, sexual instructions are had from some old woman, a nacimbusa (Mors; Willis, 1966:p51)[2].










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] Mors, O. (1946-9) Some notes on marriage among the Amambwe, Anthropos 41-4 (1-3):346-8

[2] Willis, R. G. (1966) The Fipa and Related Peoples of South-West Tanzania and North-East Zambia. London:

International African Institute