Other Cross Sex Relationships

The brother-sister relation is the most important cross-sex relationship in Samoan culture. Remember that in the Samoan kinship system, all cousins, no matter how distant, are brothers and sisters. A sister is her brothers' honor; a brother is his sisters' mainstay and protector. While there was no word for marriage in pre-Christian Samoan, there was a word for the brother-sister relation, feagaiga. The term refers not only to the brother-sister bond, but also to a bond that may be established between their descendants. (It is also applied to the bond between talking chiefs and high chiefs.) Parties to a feagaiga are regarded as two complementary sides of a larger whole. Samoans not only abhor actual incest between categorical brothers and sisters, but any hint of sexuality when both are present. Crossing this line impugns the name of a family and is likely to ignite conflict. In old Samoa, incest between a brother and sister was believed to result in miscarriage. Miscarriages were called "blood clots"; many spirits were believed to be born as blood clots.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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