Anthropological Research On Kinship, Family, And Kinship Relations Of Nepal

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Marriage, Family, and Kinship Relations of the Nyinba of Nepal
Adrienne Abercrombie
ANT: 234
Professor. Shirisha Shankar
August 11, 2014

Introduction Anthropological studies on kinship, family and marriage have over the years suffered from the absence of descriptive accounts of fully functioning and extant polyandrous systems (Schuler, 1989). Some of the accounts only provide a partial picture of some moribund or vanished systems. There is some lingering doubt among most anthropologists as to whether polyandry qualifies to be a form of marriage. However, in spite of the definitional problems, the overriding concept in this form of union is that there exist a bond between a woman and several men. This paper looks at the Nyinba community, an endogamous ethnic group, of Nepal and provides an account of their kinship ties, family and marriage. Notably, it looks at their system of fraternal polyandry and how it is related to kinship and family. Located at the remote and inaccessible parts of the Northwest border of Nepal and adjacent to Tibet is a very poor district referred to as Humla with the smallest land holding and lowest human development record (NESAC, 1998).In this area, there are numerous Tibetan settlements with a concentration of the Nyinba with a concentration of the Burause, Bargaon, Todpa and the Limatang. The Nyinba is basically a migrant Tibetan community whose legends trace their Kinship ties to the high caste Hindu while the Hindu regard them to be

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