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matrilineal

relating to descent or kinship through the female line
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Before its putative transformation into a state governed by men in the middle of the eighth century, this "kingdom of women," more than any other then (or perhaps presently) known resembles a true matriarchy, in terms of matrilineality in surname and succession, matrifocal authority, and presumably matrilocal residence in a polyandrous society.
2007, Matrilineality and its implications for traditional and contemporary Papua New Guinea Cultures, Catalyst, 37(1), 3-24.
Other forms of tracing descent such as matrilineality, ambilineality (xxxix) or bilineality do not stress the father and son relationship at the expense of all others, nor would they create a strong need to mute women's role in the rituals proclaiming connection.