Gender over the Life Cycle

Babies and children are called budek; if qualification is necessary, people say budek kdoh ("female child") or budek Imol ("male child"). Adults are known simply as kdoh and Imol ("female" and "male"), while elders are manggew and, if qualification is necessary, the male or female describer is added.

During a person's life cycle, birth, marriage, and death are the only stages publicly or privately marked. Seven days after a newborn's birth, family and friends come together to celebrate. The ritual to purify the newborn, its parents, and midwives is followed by the bestowal of a name and payment to the midwives. The ceremony is no different for a male or female newborn.

Marriage (nikah) is the point a person enters adulthood. Slowly, over time a young, newlywed couple begin to accrue the rights and responsibilities of adults. The couple's parents will initially guide them, making sure they learn their new roles. Once they begin separating their household finances out from their parent's or when they begin residing in their own domicile, the couple are considered an independent household with all rights, responsibilities, and power that accompany the adult status. The final life cycle stage Btsisi' mark is death (kibuis). Death and mourning rituals are marked the same way for males and females.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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