n this area of widely dispersed populations we
see a general pattern of age-strutured male love, with individual
variations from tribe to tribe. Often what was taboo for
one tribe was prescribed behaviour for their neighbors. The pattern
was that adolescent boys will only reach sexual maturity if they
are inseminated by adult males. To that end a boy was paired
with a male with whom he would have sexual relations over a period
of months or years, in which he would receive the mans
seed. The aspect that varied from tribe to tribe was the form
of the intercourse between the man and the boy. These relationships
generally had an economic as well as an emotional dimension.
As with other societies which prescribed age-structured
male love, these activities took place within the framework of married life.
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