Chambri - Kinship



Kin Groups and Descent. The Chambri divide themselves into over thirty exogamous patricians and into two sets—one affinal and the other initiatory—of partially cross-cutting patrimoieties. The patricians are landowning, residential, and ceremonial groups named for their founders; members refer to each other as the people of the same totems, indicating the common inheritance of numerous totemic names and powers. Together, all clan members assume responsibility for paying, and receiving payment on, affinal debts.

Kinship Terminology. Chambri kinship terminology is of the Omaha type, using the criterion of mother's brother's daughter equals mother's sister.

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