A Note on the Incest Taboo: The Case of the Matrilineal Khasis

  title={A Note on the Incest Taboo: The Case of the Matrilineal Khasis},
  author={D. Ropmay},
  journal={IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science},
  • D. Ropmay
  • Published 1 May 2017
  • Sociology
  • IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science
Incest Taboo serves as one important aspect under kinship studies. Understanding the rules prohibiting intimate and sexual relations with certain kin throws light on how other facets of a social organisation operate such as marriage, clan organisation and kinship terminology. The existence of the Incest Taboo among the Khasi, a major matrilineal tribal group of Meghalaya, provides us a picture on how such facets are determined. Therefore, this article attempts to describe the bounds of the… 



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“Again and again in the world's history, savage tribes must have had plainly before their minds the simple practical alternative between marrying-out and being killed out.”—E. B. Tylor*