Social attitudes maintained that it was healthy and normal for men and boys to be nude around each other and schools, gymnasia, and other such organizations typically required nude male swimming in part for sanitary reasons due to the use of wool swimsuits. In a number of tribes in the South Pacific island of New Guinea , men use hard gourdlike pods as penis sheaths. Sex in the Ancient World from A to Z.
Translated by John Dryden. These taboos normally only applied to adults; Native American children often went naked until puberty if the weather permitted a year-old Pocahontas scandalized the Jamestown settlers by appearing at their camp in the nude.