ETHNONYMS: Syrjäne, Ziryene, Zyrian, Zyryan

Kinship, Marriage, and Family

In contrast to their linguistic relatives, the Udmurt, the Komi did not preserve the traditional tribal society. Family and kin ties are reckoned patrilinearally, although traces of matrilineality can still be noted. Because of Orthodox Christian influence the Komi kinship system and marriage institutions are similar to those of the Russians.


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