Bone and flesh, seed and soil: Patriliny by father's brother's daughter marriage

Altuntek N. S.

ETHNOLOGY, vol.45, no.1, pp.59-70, 2006 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.2307/4617564
  • Journal Name: ETHNOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.59-70
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Behind patrilineal descent is an asymmetrical descent structure based on sex, and father's brother's daughter marriage. Because it is a means of constructing the patrilineage, patrilateral parallel cousin marriages continue to exist. The Kurds in eastern and southeastern Turkey illustrate this apparent paradox with the position of women in the patrilineage and their structural relationship with the mother's brother.