The Humui, or medicine society, forbids sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of puberty (Little, 1951 [1967:p147]; 1954:p131). Sex matters are taught to initiates in the privacy of the kpanguima, or Sande [women’s society] initiation enclosure (Boone, 1986:p52). In older days, children would be severely chastised for the most innocent curiosity or questioning (p78, n2). Girls are instructed during the Sande society ceremony, which is to transform her from child into adult (Jedrej, 1980). During this, “[t]hey are subject of [sic] lewd speculation by the men and there is no doubt about their sexuality” (p136).
D. F., Growing Up Sexually.
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