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 man’s 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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