Other Cross Sex Relationships

There are two other significant male-female relationships. First, as mentioned above, the mother's brother is a key figure in the life of his sister's children, male and female. He constantly interacts with them in a mode of tenderness and affection that is modeled after the ideal of motherhood. However, the avunculate forges a closer relationship with nephews than with nieces. Generally, the amitate has no close relationship to either her brother's son or daughter. The brother-sister relationship is also important. The sister often acts a mother-figure to her brothers, who in turn look after their sisters' welfare. The village is endogamous, some men say, because brothers do not want their sisters to leave the community.

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Pregnancy And Childbirth

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