PORO (Sierra Leone, LIBERIA




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(Kuranko, Mende, Poro


On the West Coast, Poro [secret society associated with the Kpelle and Mende, Mano, Gola] schools, four years of duration, were to instruct the boy on matters related to “the traditional rules which govern religious, intellectual, social, economic and sexual life” (Torday, 1931:p111)[1].

According to Brongersma’s resources (1987:p115) Poro children have sexual intercourse from an early age. Initiation requires abstinence; ejaculation may be arrived at by whipping, thus, without using the hand. Liberia Poro novices eat each the other sex’s genital parts after circumcision and clitoridectomy (Bettelheim, 1962:p94)[2].



[Additional refs.: Gervis (1957 :p90, 101, 112, 252)[3]]


















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] Torday, E. (1931) The Things That Matter to the West African, Man 31:110-3

[2] Bettelheim, B. (1962) Symbolic Wounds. New York: Collier

[3] Gervis, P. (1957) C’est Arrivé dans la Sierra Leone. Paris: Albin Michel