South America





SIRIONO (Bolivia)


IndexAmericasSouth AmericaBoliviaSiriono

Also featured: Aymara; ®Mataco


Holmberg (1950:p79)[1] stated that genital teasing (pinching) occurred, although masturbation was not a “common juvenile pastime”. “Children, especially boys, however, finger their genitals a great deal without censure, and when they are young their parents masturbate them frequently” ([1969:p169]). Sexual intercourse with a girl who has not undergone her puberty rites is believed “to be followed by a supernatural sanction of sickness and death” [p211], and was not observed [p168].










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] Holmberg, A. R. (1950) Nomads of the Long Bow: The Siriono of Eastern Bolivia. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. 1969 reprint