Growing Up Sexually



South America

IES: Brazil



TRUMAÍ(Central Brazil)


IndexAmericasSouth AmericaBrazilTrumaí





Murphy and Quain (1955 [1966:p83-4])[1] reported that “there was no heterosexual activity between children, for there were no girls of appropriate age in the village. Thus, pre-pubescent sexual relations occurred between boys or between boys and men, and almost always it was the boys who were the instigators. […] The minor homosexual engagements that took place between the boys themselves were […] in the nature of play”, while no adult homosexuality was seen. “The sexual play of a young child might even include his father”; at least, one is reported to manipulate a boy in erection, without much consideration for observers.






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] Murphy, R. F. & Quain, B. (1955[1966]) The Trumaí Indians of Central Brazil. Seattle & London: University of Washington Press. See also Gregersen (1983:p273)