“To the Polynesian, sex is life itself: the
entire cycle of birth, love-making, death- and then eternal life through
one’s seed. It is all-embracing, like the weather or the sea, and it is
talked about as freely. Even the small children on Ra’ivavae
know that navenave means to experience the orgasm,
and they understand that both men and women are capable of it. Both sexes
know from infancy that the clitoris, tira, is the seat of female pleasure, as is the penis, ure, of the
male”. According to
Children see every scene of the life cycle, including copulation. There is “no” system or philosophy of child rearing; much occurs in the age group. Although menarche [12 or 13] and superincision [no fixed age] end childhood, “[…] copulation could well have taken place before this” (p246). The superincisor instructs the boy in sexual matters, and an older woman initiates him into the technique of intercourse, “a universal phenomenon in the many Polynesian islands with which I am familiar””.
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004
 Marshall, D. S. (1962 )