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With the tattooing of boys at age 13, they became men; “if a chief, however, as soon as it was commenced, he was systematically taken in hand by the women and taught fornication” (Gardiner)[1]. The feasts that follow, “[…] were in no way accompanied by scenes of unnatural vice”.



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-- Howard, A. (1970) Learning to be Rotuman: Acculturation in the South Pacific. New York: Teachers College Press, ColumbiaUniversity












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

Last revised: Sept 2004


[1] Gardiner, J. S. (1898) The Natives of Rotuma, J Anthropol Instit Great Britain & Ireland 27:457-524, at p481