The Tribes of the Ashanti Hinterland

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There is, among all these tribes [of the Ashanti hinterland], a peculiar horror of a father ever having sexual intercourse with a son’s wife. This idea is seen reflected in the terminology employed to designate the latter’s relationship to her father-in-law, and vice versa. . . . [Among other designations of son’s wife are "child," "mother," "grandmother."] "She is not [they say] your wife; she is not your lover; you may not even sit together on the same mat; she is the same as your daughter; you would be killed by the Spirits if you had sexual intercourse with her; if you even ever dream you do so, you must give a sheep or goat to the Spirits and confess."1

It will be noted also that among the Banyankole just mentioned classificatory claims yield to incest concepts and that mother’s sister and mother’s sister’s daughter are excluded from these relationships as equivalents of mother and daughter.

1Rattray, R.S.n/an/an/an/a, , 1: 6 (Clarendon Press. By permission).

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Chicago: "The Tribes of the Ashanti Hinterland," The Tribes of the Ashanti Hinterland in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. Thomas, William I. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937), Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PBC6T1U7AGTZNAL.

MLA: . "The Tribes of the Ashanti Hinterland." The Tribes of the Ashanti Hinterland, Vol. 1, in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, edited by Thomas, William I., New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PBC6T1U7AGTZNAL.

Harvard: , 'The Tribes of the Ashanti Hinterland' in The Tribes of the Ashanti Hinterland. cited in 1937, Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. , McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PBC6T1U7AGTZNAL.