Re: Celibacy and psychic energy

Robert W. Park (rwpark@WATARTS.UWATERLOO.CA)
Fri, 15 Dec 1995 17:37:48 -0500

One place I've come across this concept is Karl Heider's _Grand Valley
Dani: Peaceful Warriors_. In it he argues that the people of this society
have "extraordinarily little interest in sex" and he attributes that fact
to "low psychic energy." Part of his evidence is a postpartum period of
sexual abstinence of about five years. In the Bibliography he lists another
publication of his (which I haven't read) which deals with this more fully.
He also mentions that his observations and conclusions were

Robert W. Park
Department of Anthropology (519) 888-4567 extension 5666
University of Waterloo