lecture13.0209 - On relationship - the world of kin, honor,...

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1 On relationship -- the world of kin, honor, and obligation 1. “There is a certain formality between in-laws, so the talk was polite and subdued.” (96) 2. “When we entered the house, Ama bowed low, placing her head on her mother’s feet.” (99) 3. “When people have honor, like your mother and father, they have to stop or others will be offended.” (101) 4. The story of Ernestine and the smelly venison (105-114) (Photo: Prime Minister of Nepal receiving sign of respect – doknu -- from his wife during Dasain 2010) 1 Lecture 13, 02/09/11 The Pounded Rice Ritual (from Laura Ahearn's Invitations to Love ) 1. lyaaunus , dulai, chiuraa tapaaiko hamro jantii bhokaayo (Please bring the pounded rice, Wife; our wedding party has gotten hungry.) 2. lyaau , dulai, chiuraa timro haamro jantii bhokaayo (Bring the pounded rice, Wife; our wedding party has gotten hungry.) 3. le , dulai, chiuraa tero haamro jantii bhokaayo (Bring the pounded rice, Wife! Our wedding party has gotten hungry!) 2 Lecture 13, 02/09/11 3 Human universals again: constructing groups; inside-outside identities A. Kinship as another example of group formation 1. Obligation 2. Belonging: narrative, story 3. Structuring relationships B. Questions 1. Is it biological or cultural? 2. Is there a basic unit? 3. Are some systems better than others? Lecture 13, 02/09/11 4 I. McHugh’s Gurung “mother” talking about her own mother: “My mother could not have children,” Ama said, “the mother who raised me. My father loved her, though, and would not divorce her. But he brought another wife, the mother who bore me. She did everything for me, even as a
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Peters during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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