Ethnographic info on nudity sought (fwd)

Hugh W. Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Mon, 15 Jul 1996 12:10:20 -0400

Please note that I am *not* the original poster of this request. Forward
any information or comments directly to him. Thanks,


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Date: Fri, 12 Jul 1996 11:02:11 -0600 (CST)
From: Jack Kroll <>

Although not a subscriber to ANTHRO-L, I have a query that I would like to
post to the list.

Subject: Ethnographic bibliography on nudity

Could someone help me identify some reliable ethnographic studies on male
nudity/genital display in tribal societies. I am a classical
archaeologist/historian with an interest in the origin and meaning of
nudity in ancient Greek athletics and (I believe also) in early Greek
warfare. To my knowledge this issue has never been explored from the
perspective of comparative ethnology, and I'm sure there must be a huge
literature out there on clothed vs unclothed societies, on the
intensification of male agressive potency though genital presentation
towards opponents, and the like.

At this stage, I just need to get started and would be gratefulfor any few
books or articles that might be helpful.

John H. Kroll
Department of Classics (512) 471-7890
The University of Texas at Austin fax (512) 471-4111
Austin, TX 78712-1181