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Quest for HarmonyThe Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.$
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Chuan-kang Shih

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761994

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.001.0001

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Navigating through the Web of Social Relations

Navigating through the Web of Social Relations

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Quest for Harmony
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This chapter discusses the myriad of social relations among the Moso. It begins with the cultural idioms that the Moso use to recognize and differentiate people in their web of social relations. Then, it describes how the noncontractual and nonobligatory tisese can sometimes, through the “child recognition ritual,” become a portal for reaching beyond the household and descent group to forge alliance. This chapter also examines the significance of that ritual at the psychological, social, and cultural levels. It delineates household, descent, and line of consanguinity as the three dimensions of social affiliation among the Moso, and illustrates how they interact with each other in real life. To further examine the three dimensions and their social significance, this chapter ends by depicting the household dynamics with detailed actual examples.

Keywords:   cultural idioms, social relations, child recognition ritual, household dynamics

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