parallel descent

parallel descent

(ANTHROPOLOGY) a system in which males reckon ancestry through male links and females through female links. The system is to be distinguished from DOUBLE DESCENT in which both males and females are members of PATRILINEAL and MATRILINEAL DESCENT groups.
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To hear a heartbeat echo round the room and see our little one perhaps not attempt a triple twist with a parallel descent, but lie peacefully, dreaming of the big adventure around the corner.
The societal division of the Inca world along gender lines is perhaps most fundamentally exemplified in the concept of parallel descent. In the Andes, men were thought to be descended from a line of men, while women were descended from a line of women.
The concept of parallel descent, as described earlier, translated into parallel transmission of lands, herds, and other resources from mothers to daughters and from fathers to sons.
3), he traces the development of a paradigmatic process from the initial separation of the hero from a father figure, through the parallel descents of hero and heroine, to a marriage founded upon the 'new ways' in which the central figures 'apprehend one another' (p.
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