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Róheim (1941)[1] detailed Normanby doll play of children, which is polymorphously coital. In a later article (1943)[2] the author states that, in the context of a marriage game, “[t]hey also play at coitus, doing it anyhow till they are told the proper way. If they hear that their father or mother has gone with another man or woman, they will imitate them”. When playing at chopping trees, they sharpen their hands (the axe) on each other’s anuses.









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[1] Róheim, G. (1941) Play Analysis with NormanbyIsland Children, Am J Orthopsychia 11:524-9. Reprinted in Muensterberger, W. (Ed., 1969) Man and His Culture: Psychoanalytic Anthropology After “Totem and Taboo”. London: Rapp & Whiting, p177-85. See also Schwartzman, H. B. (1978) Transformations: The Anthropology of Children’s Play. New York & London: Plenum, p154-5

[2] Róheim, G. (1943) Children’s games and rhymes in Duau (NormabyIsland), Am Anthropol 45:99-119