Huichol - Kinship

Kin Groups and Descent. The extended family constitutes the core Huichol social structure. Family lineages are organized within temple districts based on bilineal descent.

Disruption of these districts makes it difficult to reconstruct the original social organization. In some temple districts, the group is organized into moieties of dry- and rainy-season lineages. Each half is united under an ancestor deity. Members of surrounding temple districts are linked to their ritual cargo-holding counterparts in each temple group.

Kinship Terminology. Huichol kinship terminology is Hawaiian. Terms of address distinguish kin one generation from Ego, but in the second generation and beyond, the terms are reciprocal.

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