Gender Related Social Groups

Social structures of Orang Suku Laut society are neither male-oriented nor female-oriented.

Descent and kinship are the most important organizing principles of Orang Suku Laut society, and are traced equally through both parents, females and males. Furthermore, the groups that share everyday life and activities are established on the basis of very close kinship ties. The ideal forms of marriage are between cross or parallel cousins. In the Orang Suku Laut view, this preference prevents jointly traveling or settling groups of close kinsmen from splitting up. At times, married couples live with the wife's family and then join the husband's family for a while, if they do not live together in the same group. Particularly during the period after wedding, they are obliged to stay alternately with one or the other group.

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