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husband ' s or the wife ' s parents , and are subject to the authority of the head of
that household . If it is the wife ' s parents ' house the husband visits only stealthily
at night . If it is the husband ' s parents ' home , the wife must be submissive ...
Raymond Smith10 makes the point that in certain sections of Guiana men have
little authority , not only over households , but also in other spheres of economic
and political life , whereas women have a clearly defined status as mothers .
It is only as a mother that a woman assumes power in her household . It is
especially in relation to the firstborn son that the Indian woman attains this status .
Adult men may wax eloquent about their mothers , using religious imagery to
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