Dani marriage patterns

Moieties.

Exogamous patrilineal moieties: Wida and Waija.
A Wida man is forbidden to marry or have sexual relations with a Wida woman and must marry a Waija woman.
A Waija man must similarly avoid realtions with Waija women and marry Wida women.
Sibs, also patrilineal descent groups, but smaller than moieties, are also exogamous.

Polygyny
 

Wives Men % Women %
0 56 38    
1 49 33 49 30
2 23 16 46 28
3 14 9 42 25
4 5 3 20 12
9 1 1 9 5
Total 148   166  

Bride Payments

Wealth items - pigs, stones, and shells - are exchanged and mark 6 important occasions in the course of a marriage.
 

Context
Items Donated by: 
  Groom's Agnates  Bride's Agnates 
Wedding 4 pigs economic services
Consumation 6 je stone 
shell bands
sexual rights
3 pigs
Birth of Child 1 pig je stone 
shell bands
Son's Initiation 2 pigs je stone 
shell band
Daughter's Wedding 2 pigs je stone 
shell band
Death of a child   je stone 
shell band
Effects:

1. Create a continuous relationship between in-laws
2. Support the control of elder males over family dynamics


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