Badaga - Kinship



Kin Groups and Descent. Each village belongs to just one clan and commonly contains several lineages made up of Numerous extended families. About a century ago a new Badaga Christian phratry emerged, which is now made up of Numerous clans each following the usual rules of exogamy. A male always belongs to his father's extended family, lineage, clan, phratry, and village. This is also true of girls, but only up to a point: once they marry they usually move to a new village and are merged with the social units of their husbands. There are no family names, though lineages, clans, and phratries usually have names, and villages always do.

Kinship Terminology. Badagas have a Dakota-type terminology. The cousin terminology is of the bifurcate-merging (Iroquois) type.


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