The Sexual Life of Savages in North Western Melanesia
1929. An ethnographic account of courtship, marriage and family life among the natives of the Trobriand Islands, British New Guinea. From the Preface: The sexual life of savages has long awaited its natural historian. Owing to sex taboos, that weigh at least as much on the civilized as on the savage mind, this subject has always been veiled in mystery. The mystery has been fascinating or somber according to the general attitude to savagery that happened to prevail. Contents: The Relations Between the Sexes in Tribal Life; The Status of Woman in Native Society; Prenuptial Intercourse; The Avenues to Marriage; Marriage; Divorce and the Dissolution of Marriage by Death; Procreation and Pregnancy in Native Belief and Custom; Pregnancy and Childbirth; Customary Forms of License; Love-Making and the Psychology of Erotic Life; The Magic of Love and Beauty; Erotic Dreams and Fantasies; Morals and Manners; and A Savage Myth of Incest.
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Review: The Sexual Life of SavagesUser Review - Alfonso Jimenez - Goodreads
An early anthropological view of how relationships develop among the Trobriand people and why they exist. Recommended for those interested in looking at themselves through a fun mirror. Read full review
Review: The Sexual Life of SavagesUser Review - Paul Anderson - Goodreads
fantastic view of a society vanished just after the writing of the book. Read full review