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matrilineal

relating to descent or kinship through the female line
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Matrilineality and matrilocality have profoundly shaped the experiences of HIV-positive women in Chiradzulu.
1968, << Masking and Matrilineality in North America >>, American Anthropologist, 70, 6: 1170-1176.
In 'ordinary' marriages, which follow the principles of matrilineality and uxorilocality, the bride's house receives a nominal bridewealth: a horse, a pig, or a little money.
6) Generally, the former has higher status than the latter in northern Thai matrilineality.
For instance, precolonial patterns of matrilineality among the Nayars of Kerala were undermined by court decisions that favored male inheritance and reframed Nayar alliances (sambundham) as concubinage rather than marriage.
Mere matrifocality (mother-centred families) or even that combined with matrilineality or bilateral inheritance cannot be equated with 'matriarchy', especially if that does refer to systemic female dominance.
Since matrilineality and matrilocality meant that women tended to live in the same talwa as their mothers and that husbands had no claims on their female partners' labor or land, within that system hetero-gendered pairing was marginal to landholding, inheritance, the reckoning of kinship, and town governance.