Something to Listen To: “The Semen Ingesting Tribe of Papua New Guinea”

Caravaggio, Derek Jarman, 16mm, 1986

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This episode is from The History of Gay Sex by Stuart. If want to read more about we have an excellent interview with Stuart.

The Sambia tribe of Papua New Guinea practised a ritualized form of homosexuality as a male rite of passage. Except these rituals heavily surrounded one act: semen ingestion.  The tribe believed that puberty was impossible unless boys started consuming semen at a young age and that mothers could not gestate a child without semen ingestion as well. They covered all of this and more with guest host Mike for this episode!

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