Jan 25, 2018 in Book Review

The Canar

The cultural anthropology book illustrates that exogamy can be divided into sections

The sections include natural as well as cultural. In her book, Judy Blankenship gives examples of people who were involved in either naturally or culturally binding marriages. Judy states that various people in Ecuador do not allow their children to marry their relatives. Moreover, several families exercised natural exogamy where children were allowed to marry provided there was no direct blood relationship.

The cultural anthropology presents affinity by law as the kinship established through marriage

Kinship in Canar society comprised of people from diverse backgrounds and relationships and thereafter increasing intermarriages. Judy’s photographs showed couples in the eastern highlands whose marriage was based on affinity by law and children acquired by adoption.


The other example from the cultural anthropology book is consanguine relationship. People defined as consanguine were found to have specific familial relations. Several families in the village had a common ancestor where all the sons derived their identity. Children from the same lineage are rarely allowed to marry each other since they have a direct relationship.  


Contextually, it can conclusively be observed that most of the families have clear outlines of blood connections. This aspect helps lead in the formation and development of hierarchy where descendants trace their origin from a single grandfather trickling down in a unique way. Patrilineal descent defines the relationship that descends down from the ancient grandfathers to the male descendants. On the other hand, Judy illustrates diverse experiences she had with the various families in Canar that could identify their Patrilineal lineage structure.

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