Growing Up Sexually





Index AfricaZaire Muyaka

Also: Congo

Featured: Mbo, Bwela, Ngwana, Mukete, Basoko, Kuba, Bahemba, Azande

, Bakongo, Bakwa-Luntu, Tetela, Muyaka, Alur, Baluba, Baushi, Wagenia



Information is provided by Enry (1971:p108-11; 1977:p336-9). No systematic sexual education until two or three months before marriage. Heterosexual play is reprimanded. Despite all precautions, “[...] on trouve des petits de six ou sept ans qui simulent les relations sexuelles ou cherchent à se séduire mutuellement”. Children are not noted to play homosexually, but hut/marriage play in mixed groups includes sex play: “Les premiers se livrent à des jeux sexuels tandis que les seconds “ronflent” dans leur coin. On interdit sévèrement aux petits de raconter au village ce qui s’est passé”. One boy is to play the rooster and wakes the couple. The games continue until boys enter the circumcision camp and girls are engaged.










Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004