-43- Bukumatala


Noun. From Kiriwinian.

“A young persons’ house, where adolescents reside upon hitting puberty”


Kiriwinian is spoken in New Guinea. As part of this areas’ culture, there is a ritual performed whereupon children who hit puberty have to live in bukumatala while occasionally visiting their parents’ homes to eat and work.

The aim of this isn’t to bring about some ideas of how to keep a house tidy or bring about some new way of thinking independently. An important aspect to note of bukumatala is the fact that two related siblings will not stay in the same house, in order to prevent any incestuous activity between them.

Unusual from a Western perspective, right?!


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