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The initiation ceremony for girls included defloration by a man who plays the part of a spirit (Thurnwald, 1916:p19). Among the Banaro (Middle Keram), boy’s initiation into sexual life is experienced at the conclusion of his initiatory rites, with “an elderly woman, ordinarily the wife of the mother’s goblin initiator” (cf. Haddon, 1920:p255). Thurnwald (1921) relates that wedding customs and puberty rituals were intimately connected 16-7, 19, 32). Specifically, boys were allowed sexual intercourse only after the rites (p32).
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004
 Thurnwald, R.
(1916) Banaro Society: Social Organization
and Kinship System of a Tribe in the Interior of
 Haddon, A. C. (1920) Migrations of Cultures in British New Guinea, J Royal Anthropol Instit Great Britain & Ireland 50:237-80
 Thurnwald, R. (1921) Die Gemeinde der Bánaro.