Kinship organisation and behaviour in a contemporary
Published in: The journal of the Polynesian Society -- Vol.
The journal of the Polynesian Society -- Vol.
Wellington, N.Z. [etc.]: Polynesian Society, 1966.
By line: Machiko Aoyagi
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 2006. Computer File
REAL PROPERTY (423);
STATUS, ROLE, AND PRESTIGE (554);
VISITING AND HOSPITALITY (574);
FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS (593);
KINSHIP TERMINOLOGY (601);
KIN RELATIONSHIPS (602);
AVUNCULAR AND NEPOTIC RELATIVES (604);
KINDREDS AND RAMAGES (612);
COMMUNITY STRUCTURE (621);
COMMUNITY HEADS (622);
BURIAL PRACTICES AND FUNERALS (764);
RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS (795);
ORGANIZED CEREMONIAL (796);
This is a 'descriptive study on the kinship
organisation and behaviour of Tongan commoners in a contemporary Tongan village'
(p. 141). It is specifically in contrast to the findings of Gifford (document
#1) on kinship among the nobility. Commoners are organized into bilateral
'famili,' loose kindreds drawn upon as they are needed, and lack the unilineal
'ha'a' of the nobility, which Gifford thought were characteristic of all Tongan
society. Aoyagi discusses the structure of the village, household composition,
post-marital residence, the kindreds-famili and kāinga, and their
functions, religion, land use, marriage regulation, kinship terminology and
norms of kin behavior between the various dyad, e.g., husband and wife, uncle
and nephew, etc. sleeping places, name giving, weddings, funerals, and the
rather loose internal stratification of the village.
Document ID: ou09-045
July 1962 - Feb. 1963, Tonga; Nov. 1962 - Jan.
Martin J. Malone; Eleanor C. Swanson;