Re: Kinship terms?
|From:||Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, March 6, 2003, 8:40|
Elyse Grasso wrote:
> The Shayanans who are the original speakers of Jouevyaix Cherani are
> 'marsupial' seasonal breeders, who practice pouch-fosterage and don't
> pair-bond for reproductive purposes. They have very complicated
> families: situations where 2 people have all 3 parents (pouch-parent
> and both seed-parents) the same are rare enough that they are hard to
> talk about. The two words for sibling assume a common pouch-parent or
> one common seed-parent.
Interesting. This pouch-fosterage is compulsory?
The Kassi are marsupial with a breeding season, too, altho with somewhat
of a twist which I'm still working out, but essentially a child can have
more than one father. However, paternity is not an important concept
for them; indeed, it has no social or legal recognition whatsoever. At
any rate, a pouchling can, in theory, at least, be transferred from one
pouch to another. In classical times, this was only done when the
mother died or was otherwise unable to continue to nourish the
pouchling, and was a risky endeavor which frequently resulted in the
death of the pouchling, especially if said pouchling was at an early
stage of development. In higher-tech times, I suspect that pouchling
transfer would be easier, and maybe even common, at least among the
Their species does not form pair-bonds (in the "love" sense, that is;
friendship does, of course, exists, and is often even stronger than with
humans) at all. I'm guessing from your "for reproductive purposes" that
your people do form pair-bonds, just not for reproductive reasons.
Among the Kassi of Classical times - and this is a common motif in their
species - children are raised in small communal settings, which I call
in English Houses. They're large communal dwelling-places that consist
of several adult women (generally around 6 or 7) and their children.
Sons move out of the House and village upon reaching adulthood, while
daughters remain and help to raise the next generation. Many of these
Houses are centuries old, originally founded by close friends, or
sometimes sisters, and the daughters of the same. In Imperial times,
the Houses became less permanent, and daughters frequently moved out
upon reaching adulthood, founding their own Houses, which likewise
lasted only their lifetimes. Multi-generational Houses never completely
died out, but did become rather rare during the Imperial period, waxing
and waning in popularity over the centuries.
Now, midlings (which is the term I use for the young at the stage where
they've taken their first excursions outside of the pouch, but have not
yet completely abandoned it), will sometimes move between pouches,
nursing off one or another of the mother's House-sisters.
There are no terms for "father", other than the technical "nlannani",
which is literally "co-mother". "Tinani", which is translated as
"mother", applies not only to the actual mother (tinani uaklaanuka
"mother in body"), but also to the mother's House-sisters. Likewise,
tlikan/nlikan (daughter/son) applies not only to one's own children
(tlikan/nlikan uaklaanuka "daughter/son in body"), but also to one's
House-sisters' children. However, the suffix -kan "son/daughter of" is
only used with the flesh-mother's name.
> Nitodthi is Nitodthi dlia Hasri: the late Hasri was his pouch-parent,
> but not a seed-parent. His seed-father is Ketofi acharya Hasri (the
> late Hasri was both seed- and pouch- parent to Ketofi)
So, it's not obligatory for a pouchling to be fostered to another?
> During the Counter-Occupation, one of the Imperial colonists who joined
> the Shayanan side of the struggle famously referred to himself as 'dlia
What's this Counter-Occupation? Are the "Imperial colonists" human?
Are there any other sentient species besides humans and Shayanans? How
did this contact occur?
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