Other Cross Sex Relationships

Rules and expectations for behavior between kin, whether same or opposite sex, are not strongly codified, except in the case of parents, grandparents, and children. Relations among adult siblings are often partly shaped by seniority, which is linguistically marked in same-sex sibling terms. Brothers should ideally look out for their sisters, and in general the relationship between siblings (gwenadgan) is projected as the model not only for kin relations as a whole, but for community and ethnic solidarity as well. It is expected that kin who are or have been coresident will be closer than those who have not. Overall, however, relations between kin depend primarily on individual likes and dislikes, as the Kuna themselves point out.

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