Other Cross Sex Relationships

Sibling bonds, especially the brother-sister bond, are central to Btsisi' culture. The original married couple in Btsisi' trimbow ("sacred origin story") were older sister and younger brother. Customary law does not allow brother and sister to marry as the original siblings did.

While the relationship between all siblings is very close, same-sex sibling relationships are generally closer. With parallel filiation, sisters and brothers are not "kin"; they do belong to the same opoh ("kin group"). By arranging their children's marriage, especially when it entails a boy marrying his patrilateral cross cousin, the brother-sister pair ensures that their grandchildren will be siblings as they are.

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Pregnancy And Childbirth

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