South America

IES: Brazil



TUPINAMBÁ (Central Brazil)


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“ […] Tupinamba girls, before their breasts are full and the menses appear, are forbidden intercourse” (Ford, 1945 [1964:p20]). “[…] older Tupinamba women in Brazil who did not have the favor of older men might constantly accompany young boys, to whom they gave presents and instruction in sexual matters” […] (Werner, cited by Frayser). After the first menstruation (called quioundu-ar) the hair on the initiand’s head is cut off with a fish tooth.When a girl’s hair had grown again to shoulder length, she was considered marriageable (Kakumasu, nd)[1].







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]Kakumasu, K. (nd) Urubu-Kaapor Girls’ Puberty Rites. Paper [, as accessed Sept 18, 2004]