Gender Related Social Groups

When a young couple first marry, they reside ambilocally. After shifting back and forth for a few months, the couple settle in the bride's parent's house. If there is insufficient room they will opt to reside with the groom's family. The couple remain under the watchful eyes of their parents, learning their new roles as husband and wife. They may join the parental household or form their own household, keeping their finances and resources separate. Following the birth of one or two children, the family establishes its own residence. Traditionally, village exogamy prevailed, but today nearly 80% of all marriages are endogamous; hence, neither bride nor groom is very far from their parents and kin.

Modern preference is for children not only to marry within the village but also within the opoh ("family"), the filiative cognatic descent group. Membership in an opoh is based on parallel filiation; technically, therefore, brothers and sisters belong to different opoh ("family"). Girls belong to their mother's cognatic descent group and boy's to their father's. Preference is for boys to marry their fathers' younger sister's daughter. By doing this, a boy is marrying into his father's opoh and a girl into her mother's; therefore they are both marrying kin and reuniting their grandparents' opoh.

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