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Mehinaku metaphor for sexual desire an analogy

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4. Mehinaku metaphor for sexual desire an analogy between mouths and genitals o both get hungry there is no illegitimacy no concept of romantic love sexual paradigm equates sexual desire with hunger, which both genders feel 5. configuration of Mekranoti village Amazonian Indians in the Brazilian rainforest men’s house in the center o no women allowed o men sleep, socialize, and prepare for ceremonials plaza is public space around the men’s house women’s huts in circle missionary buildings on the perimeter bushes all around, with paths to gardens and streams 6. men’s work vs. women’s work men provide protein in the diet by hunting and fishing in this tribe, men prove they can weave to impress a bride’s family women bear children and socialize them women also carry pails of water
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Week 2 they provide the vegetables and fruit to the diet a horticultural society, they farm with hand tools (no plows, but hoes) women are also responsible for cooking women do participate in ceremonial life in the plaza 7. bilateral American kinship system kindred: a transitory group of relatives in a bilateral system upon whom you may call for help we inherited this system from England each individual’s kindred is different from anyone else’s and disappears with that person’s death by contrast, a corporate group is one that exists independent of any one individual o ex: a college continues even as students graduate and faculty retires bilateral kinship system does not distinguish between mother’s and father’s sides of the family 8. patrilineal and matrilineal corporate kinship systems in most cultures, an individual belongs to a corporate kinship group the group is made up of people related to each other through men (patrilineal) or women (matrilineal) people inherit through either mom or dad, not both the Mehinaku are patrilineal o all children belong to the clan of their father o clans are corporate because they exist independently of a particular individual 9. Mehinaku attitude toward sexuality / sexual taboos kids of both genders are fairly free and sexual play among children is OK at puberty, boys go to live in the men’s house and all girls must marry
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Week 2 there are no “single mothers; all women of child-bearing age are married sex-positive o they believe that sexual pleasure is desired by both genders and is a good thing some practices are forbidden because they are “too close to the self” o masturbation, homosexuality, and parallel-cousin intercourse (incest) others are “too far from the self” o sex with a non-Mehinaku, sex with an animal (bestiality) 10. the myth of the “wandering vagina” the moral is: a woman may not go into the bushes alone if she does, she can be raped by any man who sees her 11. Mehinaku theory of reproduction protein turns into feces vegetables turn into “semen” o necessary to produce babies o
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