Growing Up Sexually


XESIBE (South Africa)



Index Africa South Africa Xesibe


Featured: Zulu, Basuto, Tswana, Swasi, Bovale, Pedi, Thonga, Lemba, Xhosa, Xesibe, Tshidi Barolong, Venda, Fingo, Lobedu; ®!Xo

A girl may marry at puberty, but usually this is delayed until age 15-18 (O’Connell, 1982)[1]. Not having a boy- or girlfriend is ridiculed.






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] O’Connell, M. C. (1982) Spirit possession and role stress among the Xesibe of Eastern Transkei, Ethnology 21:21-37