Endenese - Settlements



One mountain Endenese village, in general, consists of ten to twenty houses, each of which used to include one extended family (married brothers, adopted daughter-in-law—the would-be wife of a son—and dependents such as those who could not pay their bride-wealth). Today, each house contains only a nuclear family. Houses are constructed around the village yard ( wewa ). Ideally, a village has an altar or a set of altars, called tubu musu ora nata , in the center of the yard; but today few Endenese villages have tubu musu ora nata. Also ideally, one village is occupied by one patrilineally related group, but in most villages there are many outsiders.


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