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Changes in the Kinship System of Diaspora Kachin Groups in Myanmar
- This study looks at kinship terminology and the ethnic identity of Kachin people living at Anisakhan in Pyin Oo Lwin district. The research aims to explore how the kinship system is influenced by social networks and contact with non-Kachin societies. The research focuses on bilingual language use and how it affects the kinship system and kinship terminology. Data collection was done by elicitation and informal conversation to link linguistic and ethnographic factors in the kinship systems as reflected in the kinship terminology. For the field research, data collection methods included the design of ethnographic research, including documented metadata, key informant interviews and in-depth interviews. Triangulation was used to validate the data. The traditional Kachin kinship system is patrilineal. If they have no children, they adopt both boys and girls according to Mayu (mother-in-law) and Dama (son-in-law). After marriage with other ethnic groups, they also practice adoptive marriage. Functional principles help in establishing kinship groups based on relational status with other Kachin. This work is especially relevant to contemporary social relations. The concept of kinship by marriage among Kachin sub-ethnic groups is very important in their social organization, which is based on paternal side and maternal side that form Hpu-nau (brothers’ clan), Mayu (mother-in-law), Dama (son-in-law), when getting married regardless of any sub-ethnic groups. Exogamy is typically practiced by all Kachin ethnic groups. Rawang and Lachid (Lashi) in Anisakhan use Jinghpaw as their common language, to which their kinship system adapts, leading to a redefinition of their classification. For example, in this region, there is only one Rawang ethnic household; they do not know their own kinship terms, but use the Jinghpaw system in their practice.
Nyunt Nyunt Win
- Conference Paper
- 2nd International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies, University of Mandalay, 16-18 February