Genealogy is eventually obfuscated and simplified so that even the analyst has to adopt arbitrary criterion of who is really an 'agnate
'; for example: 'I list as agnates
of Kawelka clans all those whose father's fathers, as far as I can tell, were accepted as group members' (Strathern 1972:94, my emphasis).
Beneficiaries Versus the Founder's Heirs and Agnates
This relationship is one where male agnates
and specialized female agnates
are inheriting together.
Attackers also feared retribution by affines or agnates
who opposed the swinging.
These factions originate from disputes about land between agnates
whether they can be referential and have agnate
His enemy, by contrast, was from Marseille and lived in front of the church of St John, as did some of Jacme's own relatives, namely his brother and "many other agnates
and cognates, affines and neighbours, and friends".
Sarah, for example, recounted how she was told by her husband's family that they would like her to select one of her deceased husband's agnates
to be recognized as her husband.
It is misleading to say that if the agnates
(asabat) do not exhaust the estate, the remainder is divided among the cognates (p.
While in nearly all cases a named patrilineal clan is seen as the original inhabitant of a territory, a substantial amount of the local groups' permanent residents are not agnates
of the settler clan, with most in fact seen as having full ownership privileges.
seem to be dominated by custom, and the records often reveal arrangements made between the husband's family and the wife's agnates
In matrilineal descent systems such as those of northern Vanuatu, where matrilineal groups are dispersed amongst villages and islands, other political structural responses emerge to unite agnates
in the pursuit of leadership within villages or groups of villages.