in The Life Within

Published by Stanford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780804781374
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780804784993 | DOI:

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This chapter deals with identities, that is, the ways in which the household dwellers identify themselves and their position in the total network of relationships. It starts by considering kinship terminology, encompassing blood kin and relatives acquired through marriage, followed by an analysis of naming patterns and then the broader affiliation, that to an individual's tlaxilacalli or altepetl, always mentioned by a testator when introducing him- or herself. Some interesting changes emerge, such as a “genderization” of kinship terms that did not mark gender in the earlier period (words for spouses and children). The penetration of Spanish influence into kinship vocabulary as well as naming patterns has been long acknowledged by the literature is also confirmed, with some new aspects.

Keywords: households; indigenous people; kinship terminology; relatives; naming; tlaxilacalli; altepetl; genderization

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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