Kinship

When marrying within the Igbo community one of the very first things to consider is each other’s kinship (bloodline) to make sure that you are not accidentally marrying within your extended family. For people marrying in that are not from the Igbo community this step is almost not relevant. However for those with have parents from different Igbo states this has to be looked into for example (Mother from Imo state and Father from Delta state).

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Kin Groups and Descent: Igbo society places strong emphasis on lineage kinship systems, particularly the Patronage (father’s decedents), although some Igbo groups, such as the Ohaffia, have a matrilineal descent system (mother’s decedents), whereas groups like the Afipko Igbo have a double descent system (both sides are considered). In all the Igbo groups, one’s mother’s people remain important throughout one’s life.

Kinship is the relation by the bond of blood, marriage and includes kindred ones. It represents one of the basic social institutions. Kinship is universal and in most societies plays a significant role in the socialisation of individuals and the maintenance of group solidarity.

Anthropologists study kinship because it is the relationship between people through marriage, family, or other cultural arrangements. The two types of kinship which exist are related by blood or related by law/marriage. Through kinship there is a transmission of goods, ideas and behaviour. Kinship is defined as a sense of being related to a person or people through descent, sharing or marriage. This provides the base for an examination of different styles of partnership, community and reproduction across the globe.

Due to this wives are normally found outside of the village to prevent inter-family marriages taking place, which is why it is common to see dual state marriages. But once they are married the wife and the children will claim their father’s state going forward.