From Clans to Households in Te

Charles Ramble

in The Navel of the Demoness

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195154146
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868513 | DOI:
  From Clans to Households in Te

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While the preceding chapters have explored the external influences that have contributed to the emergence of the community of Te, the focus now shifts to the village itself. A description of the unusual architecture of the settlement is followed by a discussion of categories of space. The principles of marriage and descent are discussed; particular attention is given to a history of the migration of Te's six clans. Archival evidence suggests that the corporate character of these clans was gradually eroded and replaced by a shared identity, based on the construction of an overarching community with its own public resources, and social divisions based not on descent but on residence. A counterpoint to this collectivity is the emergence of the household or estate as a social entity. The relationship between clan gods, territorial gods and domestic gods is examined.

Keywords: community; village; architecture; space; marriage; migration; clan; archives; public resources; residence; household; gods

Chapter.  19040 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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