Culture August 08, 2017 at 11:00 am

3 Strange Sex Rituals Practiced in Africa

Fredrick Ngugi | Contributor

Fredrick Ngugi August 08, 2017 at 11:00 am

August 08, 2017 at 11:00 am | Culture

2. Sexual Cleansing

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A foreign journalist speaks with girls ready to undergo sexual cleansing. Photo credit: BBC

Sexual cleansing, which is locally referred to as “Kusasa Fumbi,” is a popular African tradition practiced in several African countries, such as Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, and more.

During the ritual, a woman is expected to have sex with a professional male sex worker locally known as “hyena.”

This ritual occurs when a girl gets her first menstrual period, when a married woman loses her husband, or after an abortion.

At times, the ritual is carried out by a selected future husband or the widow’s brother-in-law. Hyenas are not supposed to use any form of protection when performing the ritual – a requirement that has played a big role in the spread of HIV, other STIs, and unwanted pregnancies.


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