“Children are given no information about sex
prior to marriage, and girls remain entirely innocent. They may be pregnant
several months before they are aware of what is happening. The complete
sexual segregation in work tasks and play during adolescence makes the relationship
between sexes strained”, an organisation contrasting the continuity in
occupational adjustment from early childhood to adulthood (Nash, 1970).
Stross (1970:p63-4): “When girls reach eight or so
they sometimes play games relating to sex and marriage. One group that I
noticed was squatting in a banana grove while the leader passed out unripe
bananas to the other girls saying, “this is your wife, and this is your wife,
and this is my wife”, until each was appointed the care of her own
banana-wife. Later they changed roles, turning the bananas into drunken
husbands. At about this age or earlier girls will search for and find the [.]
, a small worklike antlion
that is supposed to be placed on the nipples of a woman’s breasts so that it
will bite and make the breasts grow”.
According to Hunt (1962:p94): “After the first menstruation
(and sometimes a little before if they show signs of maturity), they change
from the light cotton skirt into the traditional dark bluenagua (tubular skirt) and redfaja (sash),
and are considered marriageable (solteritas ortek' el)”.
D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin:
Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology
revised: Sept 2004