MAORI (2,2,2,-,2,2;8,8;E) (AOTEAROA)
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“The girl of ten years, is frequently a
married woman in
“Maori children frequently meet in the bush for sex play” (Ford, 1945 [1964:p20]). Maori children “play together at being husband and wife at night in the Bush. Full copulation frequently occurs before puberty” (Ford and Beach, 1951:p192).
The Beagleholes write: “Perhaps because of [the] trait of casualness spills over into other parts of life and because this Maori society is still fairly casual about the biology of sex, it appears that sex play and masturbation among these Maori children are rare. One young mother said that the only sex play she learned as a child was taught by pakeha schoolboys. Another young mother could remember only one Maori boy who masturbated and no girls. There may, of course, be other cases in the community. The fact remains, however, that sex play among these Maori children seems to be infrequently indulged in” (p131-2). Enlightenment by the same-sex parent seems customary, at least in early adolescence (p153-4).
-- Earle, M. J. ( 1962) Rakau Children From Six to Thirteen Years:
-- Ritchie, J. (1957) Childhood in Rakau.
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
Last revised: Sept 2004
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