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.
Wealth items - pigs, stones, and shells - are exchanged
and mark 6 important occasions in the course of a marriage.
|Groom's Agnates||Bride's Agnates|
|Wedding||4 pigs||economic services|
|Consumation||6 je stone
|Birth of Child||1 pig||je stone
|Son's Initiation||2 pigs||je stone
|Daughter's Wedding||2 pigs||je stone
|Death of a child||je stone
1. Create a continuous relationship between in-laws
2. Support the control of elder males over family dynamics
Return to outline