Where India is still mulling upon including s*x education in the syllabus of children, the Trobrianders tribe in Papua allows their children to have s*x from the age of six years.
Girls of 6-8 years are allowed to have s*x while the boys can start the practice from 10-12 years and it is legal. The Trobrianders of the Trobriand Island got their name from the lieutenant of a French ship that landed in the archipelago of Papua New Guinea.
The people of the Trobriand Islands are mostly subsistence horticulturalists who live in traditional settlements. The social structure is based on matrilineal clans that control land and resources. People participate in the regional circuit of exchange of shells called kula, sailing to visit trade partners on seagoing canoes.
In the late twentieth century, anti-colonial and cultural autonomy movements gained followers from Trobriand societies. When inter-group warfare was forbidden by colonial rulers, the islanders developed a unique, aggressive form of cricket. At seven or eight years of age, Trobriand children begin to play erotic games with each other and imitate adult seductive attitudes.
About four or five years later, they begin to pursue sexual partners. They change partners often. Women are just as assertive and dominant as men in pursuing or refusing a lover.
This is not only allowed, but encouraged. In the Trobriand Islands, there is no traditional marriage ceremony. A young woman stays in her lover’s house instead of leaving it before sunrise. The man and woman sit together in the morning and wait for the bride’s mother to bring them cooked yams. The married couple eats together for about a year and then go back to eating separately.
Once the man and woman eat together, the marriage is officially recognized. When a Trobriand couple wants to marry each other, they show their interest by sleeping together, spending time together, and staying with each other for several weeks.
The girl’s parents approve of the couple when a girl accepts a gift from a boy. After that, the girl moves to the boy’s house, eats her meals there, and accompanies her husband all day.
Then word goes out that the boy and girl are married. A married couple may get divorced after one year if the woman in the relationship is unhappy with her husband. A married couple may also get divorced if the husband chooses another woman.
The man may try to go back with the woman he left by giving her family yams and other gifts, but it is ultimately up to the woman if she wants to be with that man. From as early as six to 13, boys and girls are encouraged to sleep with each other.
Hence, they are taught erotic and intimate games. To show their interest, they offer their currency, a tuber of yam, to their intended partner. They go into a special hut called the “bukumatula”.
When she stays there until sunrise, it is assumed that they are married. Her mother brings cooked yams which they eat. For those who want to look more attractive, they can resort to love and beauty magic.
Around this age, girls wear shell waist decorations to show their social class. The shells can contain “magic” to attract men.