Middle Age and Old Age

Most men and women aged between 20 and 40 are married. After the death of a partner, new marriages often follow the rule of the levirate or the sororate, or a new mate is chosen who fits the position of a classificatory marriage partner. When a woman's second child has been weaned, the food taboos become much less restrictive. She is considered a successful mother and is generally more respected by both group members and visitors from outside. Their male partners who have not achieved a shamanic initiation before marriage often now undergo spiritual instruction and inauguration.

Elder men and women are respected, and their opinions and suggestions concerning issues of community interest are often followed. The authority of old persons, who may be aged 80 or more, depends strongly on their physical ability as well as on their capacity to speak in public. When their physical state is deteriorating, they rely on close kin for support and care.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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