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Gadaba: Society on the Menu
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Social Structure

A fundamental feature of the social structure, with wide-ranging implications and repercussions as to how the Gadaba perceive their own society and even their “natural” environment, is the division into “clans,” more specifically, totemic exogamous patrilineal descent categories called bonso. The Gutob Gadaba make use of four of the eight categories common in the region (cobra (hantal), tiger (killo), sun (kora), and monkey (golori)), whereas the Ollar Gadaba employ all eight …

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Berger, Peter, “Gadaba: Society on the Menu”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Religions of the Indigenous People of South Asia Online, Marine Carrin (Editor-in-Chief), Michel Boivin, Gérard Toffin, Paul Hockings, Raphaël Rousseleau, Tanka Subba, Harald Lambs-Tyche (Section Editors). Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2665-9093_BERO_COM_032299>
First published online: 2019



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