Piemontese Sinti - Kinship

Kin Groups and Descent. The word sinti following a possessive adjective means "parents" in a general sense. Used in a more limited sense, it refers to a whole group of related Households that travel and camp together. This traveling group is usually composed of consanguineal kin. While each Household is an independent economic unit, in difficult times they are expected to help each other. The Piemontese kinship System is bilateral, with an emphasis on the patriline as reflected in a preference for patrilocal residence and the use of patricentered surnames.

Kinship Terminology. Piemontese kin terms conform to the Eskimo pattern.

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