Growing Up Sexually



South America

IES: Brazil


TAPIRAPÉ (Central Brazil)


IndexAmericasSouth AmericaBrazilTapirapé





Wagley (1977:p145)[1]: “They [boys] played house and included little girls as wives. Adults roared with laughter when the children imitated quarrels between husband and wife. And I saw boys and girls imitating copulation without being reprimanded by adults”.









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]Wagley, Ch. (1977) Welcome of Tears: The Tapirapé Indians of Central Brazil. New York: Oxford University Press