“The Impure Outsider”: Ritual Exclusion and Integration of Women in Maale, Southern Ethiopia

  title={“The Impure Outsider”: Ritual Exclusion and Integration of Women in Maale, Southern Ethiopia},
  author={Sophia Thubauville},
  journal={Northeast African Studies},
  pages={145 - 158}
Especially in patrilineal and virilocal societies, women have long been considered to be “in between” the paternal and affinal patrilineages. For this reason, women occupy a liminal status and are considered dangerous or impure outsiders in many societies. Moreover, their assumed impurity is the basis of taboos for women and requires certain rituals of incorporation to be carried out for them at certain times during their life cycle. The present article focuses on the supposed impurity of women… 
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