Relative Status of Men and Women

Men have most of the formal and almost all the political leadership roles and play the main roles in the kula exchanges. However, since the society has matrilineal descent, children take their clan membership from their mothers, and therefore chieftainship can only be inherited via the matriline. Women play important and often outstanding roles in mortuary ceremonies (sagali) and they can perform healing and "magic" and have control over their sexuality and whom they marry.

As mentioned earlier, there is a clear hierarchy of political and formal power: men, women, adolescents, children.

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