The Significance of Earth-Eating: Social and Cultural Aspects of Geophagy Among Luo Children

@article{Geissler2000TheSO,
  title={The Significance of Earth-Eating: Social and Cultural Aspects of Geophagy Among Luo Children},
  author={P. Wenzel Geissler},
  journal={Africa},
  year={2000},
  volume={70},
  pages={653 - 682}
}
ABSTRACT Earth‐eating is common among primary school children in Luoland, western Kenya. This article describes the social significance and meanings attributed to it. Earth‐eating is practised among children before puberty, irrespective of their sex, and among women of reproductive age, but not usually among adult men or old women. To eat earth signifies belonging to the female sphere within the household, which includes children up to adolescence. Through eating earth, or abandoning it, the… Expand
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