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Kinship terms and discussion <kevinurbanczyk@...>
Date:Thursday, October 28, 2004, 22:31
For those anthropologists out there, I am using an Iroqouian system, with a
patrilinear inheritance..

aka: just like the Akan in Ghana/Ivory Coast

advise. let me know what ya think of it...

Proto-Drem lineage is done thru the women of the families, extended families and clans,
but there is a male lineage done in dealing with children and inheriting
children. The general system can be depicted as follows:

Bùm		Father and his brothers
Kâk		Mother and her sisters
Rrâoops	Mothers brother
Ð&#7847;d		Fathers sister
&#377;ù&#355;		Brother, Sister and any (male or female) parallel cousins
Buâg		Mothers brothers children
G&#7845;l		Fathers sisters children
Kluob		Your children or brothers children
&#354;lâd		your sisters children

On the other side, when dealing with male inheritance there are two ways seen. We
see this emerge when a man dies and is inherited by his sister's son. When your
father dies, any surviving property goes initially to any of his surviving
brothers first. At this point, your father’s sister (Ð&#7847;d) becomes your
mother (Kâk). This is seen as the heir will take on the paternal
responsibilities. The second way is when your mother’s brother (Rrâoops)
dies. You then would take inherit his position and take responsibility and
status over his children, which then become your children (Kluob). This system
is further complicated due to the fact that G&#7845;l and Buâg are preferred
marriage partners.

The Proto-Drem practice this “cross-cousin” marriage system with two main ideas behind this.

1.	a direct exchange initial marriage pattern, in which two men marry each other's sisters,
2. a perpetuation of exchanges and alliance between the two lineages involved
through the inter-marriage of subsequent children, who are doubly related as
cross cousins through both fathers and mothers.

The Proto-Drem uses this marriage system through an additional denotation of the
cross-cousin terms. A man's term for his female cross-cousin, G&#7845;l, is
also the term for wife, which should probably be considered as its primary
meaning. The term for male cross-cousin, Buâg, also denotes brother-in-law, in
both senses of the term, since your wife's brother will normally be married to
your sister. In a similar fashion, women classify male cross cousins and
husbands within one category, Buâgbu, and female cross cousins and
sisters-in-law within another G&#7845;lgâ.