Sex in the Jungle: Experiences of Victorian Explorers

Grant has a dance with a local girl.


Although 19th century explorers wrote on any number of topics about their African experiences, sex was not one of them – either about their own experiences or observations amongst groups whom they visited. Euphemisms, however, were common – such as the following in which Speke’s translator, Bombay, has an intrigue with a girl:

Bombay acknowledged he had tried to get the girl, for they had been sentimentalizing together for several days, and both alike wished to be married…

 Coninued here: Sex in the Jungle: Experiences of Victorian Explorers.

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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