Matriliny


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Matriliny

 

the tracing of descent and inheritance through the maternal line. Matriliny was one of the most important characteristics of the period of the matrilineal clan system and served as the basic principle for the organization of people into the matrilineal clan as a socioeconomic unit of primitive society. Matriliny was the most stable institution of this period and survived for a long time after the decline of the clan as an economic community. With the emergence of the patriarchate, matriliny was superseded by patriliny; sometimes, however, the two continued to coexist even in early class societies in the form of inheritance through the maternal line of the power of high chiefs and certain kinds of property.

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To the contrary, traditional patriliny and matriliny (or matrifiliation) at sovereignty were both social and local, but at different levels of scale and distribution--hence principled exceptions to patrilineal recruitment to local groups through matrifiliation (or affinity, birth and conception).
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The explanation lies in a close examination of the kinship structure, one that provides a new and original perspective on the workings of Minangkabau matriliny.
Matriliny, Islam and gender in northern Mozambique, Journal of Religion in Africa 36 (2) 2006, 139-166.
Micronesia is defined not by matriliny, however, but by the fact that its societies are linked together by a common, shared network of matrilineal clans and the longstanding patterns of social interaction they facilitate, and it is for this reason that it is much more informative about, or at least more representative of, the sorts of processes that have historically gone into shaping cultural regions or areas.
Further, anthropological celebrations of matriliny notwithstanding, that Nayar past is rendered in decidedly patriarchal terms.
Fourth, there appear a number of similarities between polyandry and matriliny, despite that descent systems stemming from opposite lines.