Growing Up Sexually



NGINDO (Tanzania




Featured: Swahili, Wanguru, Turu, Kwere, Shambala

, Ngindo, Chagga, Bena, Nyamwezi, Luguru, Kaguru, Sukuma, Subiya, Ngulu, Hehe, Barabaig, Nyakyusa, Gogo, Baraguyu;® Kuria, ®Masai

Traditional education was tied to circumcision, scheduled in adulthood, or at least “past puberty”(Crosse-Upcott, 1959:p169, 184)[1].”Now on the contrary the initiates are mere children on whom many of the ritual lessons, and in particular the formal instruction in such matters as sex, are altogether lost”.











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] Crosse-Upcott, A. R. W. Male Circumcision Among the Ngindo, J Anthropol Instit Great Britain & Ireland 89,2:169-89