June 13, 2016
Ghost Marriage (a form of Levirate Marriage):
Exists among Nuer Sudan. It happens when a man dies before he has an heir and it said that his
sprit is angry. His sprit will cause pain and suffering to the family. Therefore there Is no
obligation to remember the dead and he needs a male heir. A male of the family will marry a
female in the name of the deceased. A way of marrying a ghost and the children will be
recognized as daughter/son of the dead man.
Who is an appropriate sexual partner?
Friends and Relatives
Incest Taboo: there are guidelines about who you can sleep with (mother/child, siblings)
It is wrong to be your cousin – biologically, blood relation to our cousins, “it’s like his sister”,
Iroquois Kinship: system of descent (eligible marriage partners: expected to marry the cross
Parallel Cousins- ego has a mother and a father. The brother of the father the sister of the
mother are considered blood relatives and are all parents. The children of those parents are
called parallel cousins. It is the same sex as the parents and the sibling.
Cross cousins – are the most desirable partner ego has a mother and a father. The sister of the
father and the brother of the mother are called aunts and uncle. They are cross cousins
Jo Huansi Peeps:
Kinship and Kinship are connected:
Marriage is voluntary and they are open to have a second partner
Want everyone to be independent and not on each other
Marriage is about sexuality: sex is important for women
They are hard to maintain and the threats to family/marriage. One of the threats/challenge is
can the family manage a polygamous situation.
Fertility and motherhood is the most important about a female identity
How do they form allies on this society? A social grouping:
Women/child link that carries out the matrileanage.