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Money-Kyrle, R. (1934). Childhood: A. G. O. Hodgson. 'Notes on the Achewa and Angoni of the Dowa District of the Nyasaland Protectorate'. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1933, Vol. LXIII, pp. 123–164.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 15:325.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Childhood: A. G. O. Hodgson. 'Notes on the Achewa and Angoni of the Dowa District of the Nyasaland Protectorate'. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1933, Vol. LXIII, pp. 123–164.

(1934). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 15:325

Childhood: A. G. O. Hodgson. 'Notes on the Achewa and Angoni of the Dowa District of the Nyasaland Protectorate'. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1933, Vol. LXIII, pp. 123–164.

R. Money-Kyrle

This paper includes an interesting account of the initiation of girls among the Chewa. During the first three days of a girl's first menstruction, her father must sleep apart, and the 'village headman must abstain from sexual intercourse' (p. 131). The main ceremonies take place some time after the second menstruation. After the girl's female instructors have 'at length left her to await her husband, they go with other married women to the house of the village headman, and uncover their private parts. While the headman gazes at them, his wife is present, and feels his penis. If he is excited, it is a bad sign, for all his people are his children, and he should be able to look at them without carnal desire. If he is not excited, they know that he is a father worthy to superintend their initiations' (p. 134).

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Money-Kyrle, R. (1934). Childhood. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 15:325

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