Yanomamo - Kinship

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Yanomamo - Kinship
Molly Scott, Francesca Di Marco, and
Audrey Devictor.
Content
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Rights Of Passage
Marriage
Polygyny
Sexuality
Events
Taboos
Social Links
8. Rules of Descent
9. Child/Adult
10. Family Organisation
11.Male/ Female
Rights Of Passage
Girls:
Boys:
• Menstruation
• No ritual or specific
point.
• Isolation Screens
• Only significance is to • Respect – not called
determine the time of by ones name.
marriage.
• Uncle/Father
Men:
Paternal aunts daughter
Maternal uncles daughter
Paternal uncles daughter
Maternal aunts daughter
Marriage
Women:
Paternal aunts son
Maternal uncles son
Paternal uncles son
Maternal aunts son
Polygyny
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Social status
Demographic imbalances
Female infanticide.
Men marry later than women do.
Sexuality
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Not repressed or hidden
Women are forbidden
Accepting of sexual relations between kin.
Women are expected to have intercourse with
their husband whenever he demands.
• Adultery STRICLTY FORBIDDEN
Events and Ceremonies
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Important part of Yanomamo culture
No women at event – Preparation.
Food, Alcohol, Drugs.
Endocannibalism.
No ceremony for marriage.
Taboos
• Incest – patriarchal society.
• Cannibalism – in spite of endocannibalism
Social links
• Allied with surrounding villages – marriage.
• Trade – Teaching – Arranged marriage.
• First Moiety, then village, then the next band
out which would be close by villages are
marriage allies, followed by feasting allies,
trading allies and lastly enemies.
Rules of Descent
Patriarchal - Patrilineal
Child/Adult division
• Mother raises children – Boys > Girls.
• Boys are encouraged to be fierce and
violent.
• Girls must learn and work, boys are
free to play.
• Children are more vulnerable – souls
are not firm
Reproduction/ Family Organisation
• Nuclear family by age.
• Fathers die, Boys become “boss”
• Marriages are arranged by a father or elder
male kin.
• Villages range from 40 – 300.
• Adults < Children.
Male / Female division
• Girls have chores as children and act as a second mother.
• Girls marry younger than men, and have very little choice in
who they marry.
• Their lives change very little when married
• Women are 100% under the control and command of their
husband, they are often beaten, this is often considered as a
sign of affection. (Protected by brothers).
• Women are respected much more when they are older.
• Women offer deliver messages an recover bodies.
• Stranger villages abduct, rape and keep women.
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