Growing Up Sexually


OSAGE (Oklahoma; North American Natives)


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According to Laflesche[1], two forms of marriages are called Mizhi and Omiha. Mizhi is a marriage between the youth and the maiden and Omiha is where both the youth and maiden have been married once before. It is believed that at the age of puberty known as Tse’ga, no which means, "newly grown" this is a marriageable age meaning one has reached adulthood. The maiden and youth are not allowed to socialize with each other unless they are in the present of relatives they are strictly guarded.





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

Last revised: Jun 2005


[1] Laflesche, Francis. Osage Marriage Customs. American Anthropologist. 1912 Vol.14: 127-130