East Indians in Trinidad: A Study of Cultural Persistence

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IV. Marriage and the Family

Kinship relations are of vital importance in the life of the East Indian of Amity. His first allegiance is to his family, his next to his wider circle of kin, and his third to those he considers "respect" kin. For each relationship there is a term and an appropriate behavior. An account of the kinship terminology employed in the village is necessary to a discussion of the behavior involved.1

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All Hindi kinship terms are translated, not into the term in common English usage, but into the minimal term, or terms, necessary for accurate delineation of the relationship. Chotkī, for example, is translated as "younger brother's wife" rather than "sister-in-law." The terms used in translation are: mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, wife and husband. These are abbreviated, respectively: Mo, Fa, Si, Br, Da, So, Wi and Hu. Two modifiers are used where seniority is a factor: elder and younger, abbreviated El and Yo. Where more than one of the above terms is used in translation, all except the last take the possessive case. Thus, for example, FaFaBrSoSo should be read: father's father's brother's son's son.

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  • Title Page ii
  • Contents ix
  • Contents x
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xix
  • I. Introduction 1
  • Ii. the Village 27
  • III - Amity at Work 65
  • Iv. Marriage and the Family 93
  • V. Religion 137
  • Bibliography 251
  • Index 257
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