Other Cross Sex Relationships

Adult brothers and sisters have a somewhat freer interaction than most other people in mixed-gender groups. Sibling relations are often characterized by teasing and laughter. Sisters and brothers usually give each other a share when fishing has been good or their swidden has provided fine fruits or other delicacies. In times of need siblings are the first to help each other. A mild form of joking relationship also often develops between the husband's brother and his wife or the wife's sister and her husband. Relationships between in-laws are generally restrained.

The Timpaus Banggai are convinced that spirits (jin) sometimes fall in love with people of opposite gender from themselves. The spirit will then usually posses the person he or she falls in love with. However, not all spirit possessions are caused by this.

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