Based on the author's extensive fieldwork, this classic ethnography, now in its fifth edition, focuses on the Yanomamo. These truly remarkable South American people are one of the few primitive sovereign tribal societies left on earth. This new edition includes events and changes that have occurred since 1992, including a recent trip by the author to the Brazilian Yanomamo in 1995.
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Figure 4.5 shows the difference between 'cross-cousins' and 'parallel cousins.'
The rule, therefore, is that the Yanomamo marry bilateral cross-cousins. Bilateral
means 'both sides,' that is, father's and mother's side of the family. From their ...
In Yanomamo society, one's cross-cousins will always belong to a different
lineage but parallel cousins will belong to your own lineage. An 'Ideal' Model of
Yanomamo Society Structural anthropologists, such as Levi-Strauss, are
But the men in cadet line 1 of lineage X are 'actual' brothers (they have the same
father) to each other, whereas the men in cadet line 4 of lineage X are their
distant (parallel) cousins but men they would have to classify as brothers in their
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Karin7 - LibraryThing
Note that this is apparently a reprint of a book from the 1960s. The author has since been discredited. I studied this for an anthropology class. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kassilem - LibraryThing
I've never really knew much about the Yanomamo before this besides the fact that they lived in circular structures and used hallucinatory drugs. And only that because I had to do a tiny bit of ... Read full review
Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo
Myth and Cosmos
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