In Samoa, the principle of village exogamy goes back as far as family accounts stretch, to the late nineteenth century. This poses a puzzle, because the families (aiga) that make up a village (nuu) are generally far from related (aiga), and even so Samoans are unanimous in condemning marriage within a village. Why should this be so? Village organization could provide an answer: at a certain encompassing level of representations, all villagers are brother or sister to each other. This village organization is perhaps the most striking example of the high salience of the brother-sister relationship (feagaiga) in Samoa.
|Title of host publication||Living Kinship in the Pacific|
|Editors||Christina Toren & Simonne Pauwels|
|Place of Publication||New York, Oxford|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|