Gender Related Social Groups

Social structure may be either male and female oriented depending on where one stands. The major foci of social life are, respectively, houses, or residence units, sharing common ritual and subsistence interests formed by groups of related women and in-marrying men, and the men's house, which is generally off-limits to women. Houses are exogamous and maintain their relative position within the village circle and also commonly during treks. Each has an area for joint cooking by female kin in a stone/earth oven.

The men's house serves as a sleeping place for bachelors and divorced or separated men. It is the site of sitting places for the various male age grades and men's clubs and the focus of male social life. Men may take meals in the men's house as well as in their residences. Decisions affecting the entire community are taken in the men's house.

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