The Sex Life of Primitive Peoples

I though this might interest some of you… But don’t bother travelling to any of those places – This is taken from some old book from the early XXth century, which copyright has since long expired.
Food for thought nevertheless…  :) Enjoy.


• The Djats of Baluchistan are in ill repute because they incite their married women to unfaithfulness, if any advantage can be obtained thereby for the men.

• Certain nomadic castes, such as the Mirasis, prostitute their women, and the love affairs of married women of the servant class meet with no opposition, whatever. In the eastern region of Djamba, in the Punjab, the husband is expected to allow a guest free entrance to the women’s chambers.

• In the Djamna mountains the women of the Thakkar, Megh and other low castes lead just as unrestrained a life after marriage as before.

• In Southern India, married women enjoy a great deal of sexual freedom, especially in those communities where the descent is reckoned in the female line. Where marriage between cousins is customary, grown – up girls are often married to young boys. During the immaturity of the husband the wife is allowed to have sexual relations with the father of her child husband or another near relation, sometimes even with any one member of the caste chosen by her.

• This custom also exists in Kashmir, not only among the Ladakhis, but also among other low Hindu castes, and is also to be found in other parts of the world. Many South Indian castes allow their married women much freedom with the relatives of their husbands.

• The Maloyali, a mountain tribe, accept unfaithfulness on the part of their wives quite lightly, unless the partner belongs to another caste; if a woman lives for a time with a lover and has children during this time, the husband will on her return recognise the children as his own. The state of affairs is similar among the Kudans and Parivarams.

• Many low Hindu castes in North Kanara allow their women extra-marital intercourse with men of their own or of a higher caste. Among some castes, such as the Irulas and Kurumbas, formal marriage is completely unknown, an almost unbridled sexual promiscuity taking its place. A Korawa of Madras who has debts to pay either pawns or simply sells his wife. The Todas and other polyandrous communities of South India do not know jealousy.

• The following East Indian communities as living in sexual promiscuity : the Lubus, the Orang-Sakai of Malacca, the Olo-Ot, and other Bornean tribes ; the inhabitants of the island Peling. In 1852 they found on the Poggi Islands, on the west coast of Sumatra, a state of complete promiscuity.


Among the non-Christian tribes of the Philippine Islands, considerable pre-marital liberty prevails. A man may have, according to his social position, one or more such housekeepers. In addition, each man and woman may form a union with “one or more” of the other sex merely for the purpose of sexual intercourse.

• In the Fijian Islands every man has the right to sexual intercourse with his wife’s sisters. On special ceremonial occasions intercourse is permitted between those groups of men and women who stand in the relationship of possible conjugal partners.

• Among the Kamchadales, Chukchee, Jukagiers and Tunguses of North Asia the girls have pre-marital liberty, and there exists no marital fidelity. W. Bogoras describes “group marriage” among the Chukchee, which seems to be an institution similar to the Australian pirauru. There are groups, consisting of up to ten men or women, that have the right to sexual intercourse with each other. The sex communities are generally composed of neighbours and friends. The offspring of brothers and sisters in the second and third generations are, as a rule, united in the same sex community, but not brothers. Every individual family of the Chukchee belongs in practice to some sex community. Should a family keep to themselves, it would indicate that they had no friends and no protectors in time of need.

• The Yanomamo’s sexuality is not repressed, as long as it remains discreet and limited. Polygamy is commonly practiced in Yanomamo culture, and women are expected to accept this. The elder wife in a marriage usually has precedence over the others, and can act as a boss or a superior over the other wives. She usually no longer has sexual relations with her husband, however she can give the most unpleasant chores to the wife she chooses. The husband is not supposed to show favorites, due to jealousy between the wives.

Marriages are generally very unpleasant for women, who often endure physical, sexual, and emotional abuse from their husbands. When Yanomamo tribes fight and raid nearby tribes, women are often raped, beaten, and brought back to their shabono to be kept in their tribe. Wives are beaten on a regular basis, so as to keep them “in order”. Burning with a branding stick occurs often, and symbolizes a male’s strength or dominance over his wife.

Kingdom of Daughters. “Men have no responsibility in Mosuo society of Southern China – they would have no jobs, rest all day, and conserve their strength for nighttime visits.” When a Mosuo woman or man expresses interest in a potential partner, it is the woman who may give the man permission to visit her. These visits are usually kept secret, with the man visiting the woman’s house after dark, spending the night, and returning to his own home in the morning.

Mosuo women and men can engage in sexual relations with as many partners they wish. While a pairing may be long-term, the man never lives with the woman’s family, or vice versa. Mosuo men and women continue to live with and be responsible to their respective families. The couple do not share property. The father usually has little responsibility for his offspring. The primary tasks of the priest (or shaman), also called daba, are to perform exorcisms and assist deceased spirits. Priests drink alcohol until they go into a trance and can converse with these spirits.

• The Marquesas Islands have been noted for their sexual culture. Many sexual activities seen as taboo in western cultures are viewed appropriate by the native culture. Yuri Lisyansky in his memoirs reports that: “The next day, as soon as it was light, we were surrounded by a still greater multitude of these people. There were now a hundred females at least; and they practised all the arts of lewd expression and gesture, to gain admission on board. It was with difficulty I could get my crew to obey the orders I had given on this subject. Amongst these females were some not more than ten years of age. But youth, it seems, is here no test of innocence; these infants, as I may call them, rivalled their mothers in the wantonness of their motions and the arts of allurement.”



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