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The Kaluli are a clan of non-literate[1] indigenous peoples who live in the rain forests of Great Papuan Plateau in Papua New Guinea. The Kaluli, who numbered approximately 2000 people in 1987, are the most numerous and well documented by post-contact ethnographers and missionaries among the four language-clans of Bosavi kalu ("men of Bosavi") that together share a linguistic affiliation within the larger family of Non-Austronesian languages. Their numbers are thought to have declined precipitously following post-contact disease epidemics in the 1940s, and have not rebounded due high infant mortality rates and periodic influenza outbreaks.[2] The Kaluli are monolingual in their ergative language.[1]

The Kaluli and boylove

Among the Kaluli, when a boy reached age 10 or 11, his father would select a man to inseminate him for a period of months to years. In addition, ceremonial hunting lodges would be organized where boys could voluntarily form relationships with men who would have sexual relations with them.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Language Acquisition and Socialization: Three Developmental Stories and Their Implications, from Linguistic Anthropology: a Reader, second edition by Duranti
  2. David Levinson, ed (1996). 'Encyclopedia of World Cultures'. 2, Oceania. G. K. Hall. 
  3. Bauserman, R. (1997). Man-boy sexual relationships in a cross-cultural perspective. In J. Geraci (Ed.), Dares to speak: Historical and contemporary perspectives on boy-love (pp. 120-137). Norfolk, England: Gay Men's Press