Gender Related Social Groups

The residential court is patrilocal; the men who head households there are related, at least theoretically, though the exact relationship is usually lost after several generations. They are classificatory if not real brothers, and show solidarity in economic activities, social events, and religious ceremonies.

While men belong to the residential court by birth, women arrive there as wives. In the best cases, cowives and wives of brothers form very cohesive units and share household chores and economic and social activities. However, women also maintain very strong ties to their own relatives. They frequently visit their birth compound and always participate in important events that take place there.

Female members of age sets, especially the younger age sets, often get together to hold dances, which include drinking and eating and much merrymaking. The male guardian of the group is the only man present.

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