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Both 1 and 2 obtained their wives by betrothal and therefore
the relation of noa was "specialized", in the sense in which I use
that term. As I have already said it was a common practice with the
Dieri for two brothers who had married two sisters, to live toge
ther in a group-marriage of four. (op. cit.p.181). That is as piarrauru
and taking it to be the case in this instance, the arrangement was
given effect to by the kandri ceremony.

Two definitions may be made now. The term "wife" includes a
woman who has been allocated to a man under (a), (b) or (c) "husband",
any man to whom a woman has so been allotted. I use the terms in the
sense in which I now define them, and not in our restricted connotation.

The first terms to be considered are husband, husband's brother,
and (a) sister's husband. Now, bearing these preliminary statements in
view and commencing with 5, the man 1 is her husband, but 2 is also
her husband, as well as being the husband of her sister 6. Thus we
may see that the term husband also includes husband's brother,
and (f) sister's husband.

The next terms are wife, wife's sister and (m) brother's wife.
The woman 5 is the wife of 1, but 6 is also his wife, therefore we
have here the two first terms. The woman 6 is the "wife's sister" but
also (m) the brother's wife.

The terms father, father's brother, mother's sister's husband,
also mother, mother's sister, father's brother's wife may be considered
next, because they necessarily follow the marital terms.

The men 1 and 2 are group husbands of the women 5 and 6. The man
1 is the father of 9, but his brother 2 is equally the father of 9,
because he is also the husband of 5, the mother of 9. The same is also
the case with 1 and 2 as regards 11.

We can see from this that the term husband also includes
father's brother and mother's sister's husband.

The woman 5 is the mother of 9, but her sister 6 being the wife
of 1 the father of 9, is therefore in the relation of mother to 9, her
sister's son. The same line of argument applies to 6 the mother of 11.

We may therefore see why it is that the classificatory
system of relationship includes under the same term, mother,
mother's sister, and father's brother's wife.
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(1), (m) means "male" speaking, and (f) means "female" speaking. 170

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