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Re: Boreanesian versus Korean (was: Accepted Crimes)

From:Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
Date:Saturday, November 18, 2000, 0:04
I don't know how delayed I am in responding to this...
my mail server has been having hardware troubles for
over 48 hours. But I must respond to this anyway...

Yoon Ha Lee wrote:

>On Thu, 16 Nov 2000, Nik Taylor wrote: >> Yoon Ha Lee wrote: >> > Though couldn't you look at a moiety >> > as a clan system with just two clans? Or is there some fundamental >> > difference I'm missing? >> >> From what I understand of moieties, that's bascially correct. > >Thanks. :-)
Technically, Nik is not entirely correct. Moieties can include several phratries within them, and phratries themselves can contain several clans. Moieties are basically a lot more inclussive kin groups than clans. The distinction between phratries and moieties is not simply a matter of the number of groupings. Moieties are intended to produce a balanced opposition within a society. The constantly reinforced social and economic exchanges between them results in economic equality and political stability. Again, my apologies for my delayed response. <damn server!> -kristian- 8)