Salasaca - Kinship

Kin Groups and Descent. All relatives up to and including first cousins are considered close kin ( nucuchi pura ). Those outside this group are referred to as mana nucuchi pura. Male in-laws belong to masha, whereas females belong to cachun. Descent is bilateral. Ritual relations, for example, coparenthood, are established through baptism and marriage and are considered equal to blood ties. Padrinos (godfathers) and madrinas (godmothers) therefore belong to the nucuchi pura group.

Kinship Terminology. Kin terms follow a linear system concerning for first ascending generation and the Eskimo system for the first descending generation.

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