Kinship and Marriage in Gurung Society

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Each lineage is part of a clan and there are often intermarriages between two powerful clans of different villages, cementing friendships and creating alliances between villages that will last over the generations. The Gurung also have a wide variety of kinship terms, both real and fictitious, that are highly differentiated and exact. Kinship terms are used for almost everyone that the Grung come into contact with. There is a “deep sense of belonging” that comes with these terms, and it also provides structure, “the architecture of kinship created and recreated in each encounter throughout the day,” that familiarize a person and orient their life. Each connection made serves as a link to the larger world (McHugh 86) and strengthens the value of human connection in a person’s life.
Among Gurungs, the common family unit changes over time. A household will begin as a nuclear family, with the parents and their children living under the same roof. But as sons reach adulthood and marry, their brides come into the parental home and they will raise their first few children in the house before “creating their own households,” normally close to the parent’s home (McHugh 86). Daughters will leave the home and move to their husbands’ home village and when parents die, their children usually inherit their home –…
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