a. After puberty one is held accountable for ones sins.
b. Since menstruation is unmentionable, many girls dont know about it until
it is happening.
c. Ignorance about the body in girls and women is a sign of honor and purity.
d. Village people
a. Boys are nursed for 2 years and girls are nursed for 18 months. A mother
unable to nurse it thought to be cursed.
b. A mother nursing a child indebts the child to take care of the mother in old
c. Nursing creates a physical closeness
Afterbirth Logusalik (40 day period of no sex or labor after birth)
a. The placenta is buried in the back yard.
b. The reason to get married in the village is to have a child.
c. That babies and women must be covered points to their value and that
a. The use of contraception is not until after the couple has had at least one son.
b. When conception does not occur, people assume the woman is not fertile or
c. A man can take a second wife if the first doesnt have
a. Very little premarital sex occurred, which would be very dangerous.
b. Married women cannot refuse sex, as this would be a sin and reason for
c. Women have several more ablutions than men, reinforcing their dirty
a. Muslims believe that Islam is a recall to the true religion of Abraham which
Judaism and Christianity also drew from.
b. It was with Abraham that the concept of monotheism entered the world, and his
penis was the means by which to fulfill the Abrahamic
Symbols of Conception
a. To us the notions of body, gender, and procreation are separable, but to
villagers they are not.
b. Perception is mediated by symbols embedded in a wider cultural system.
To understand how the villagers perceive procreation we
I. General Islamic Beliefs
a. In Islam it is difficult to separate beliefs and practices from everyday life.
b. There are five calls to prayer per day.
c. Islam prescribes certain rituals to be associated during every bodily function.
d. This is important
a. Saturday is the biggest celebration, beginning in the morning and ending
in the following A.M.
b. The bride undergoes a bath early in the morning, composed of ablution.
c. Most married women remove their pubic hair.
d. It is shameful to sho
a. When the prospective husbands mother and female relatives come to the
prospective wifes mother to discuss marriage, the girl serves coffee (sweet if she
accepts the offer and bitter if she doesnt accept).
b. Negotiations can be complete