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The division of labor and residential arrangements impose a deep separation of the sexes, and the preference for matrilocality and the rule of female cooperation beget an unusual degree of solidarity among the women ... The oldest woman, reinforced by kinship bonds with her own resident daughters, her younger sisters and their daughters, is the undisputed director of all the internal affairs of the house. Because of these maternal and sororal ties, the structure of authority is mild and benevolent, consistent with the even-handed egalitarianism of the (traditional Mundurucu) value system. The oldest woman does not rule alien and antagonistic daughters-in-law, as did the tyrannical traditional Chinese mother-in-law, but rather women with whom she has close emotional ties. Moreover, she is coordinating the activities of a group of women who have been cooperating with her, and each other, for most of their lives.

From Women of the Forest (Yolanda Murphy and Robert F. Murphy. 1974. Columbia University Press). This book describes the matrilocal Mundurucu of the Brazilian rainforest, where historically men lived together in the "men's house" and women and children lived in large extended family groups in individual houses, to which the men came for food, water, sexual relations with their wives, and time for hanging out with children.
MatriFocus Cross-Quarterly is a seasonal ezine for Goddess Women and others interested in Goddess Lore and Scholarship, Goddess Religion (ancient and contemporary), Feminist Spirituality, Women's Mysteries, Neopaganism, Paganism, Earth-based Religions, Witchcraft, Dianic Wicca and other Wiccan Traditions, the Priestess Path, Goddess Art, Women's Culture, Women's Health, Natural Healing, Mythology, Female Shamanism, Consciousness, Community, Cosmology, and Women's Creativity.
Matrifocal Family "A family form in which the mother, sometimes assisted by other women of the household, is the most influential socializing agent and is central in terms of cultural values, family finances, patterns of decision making, and affective ties." (Hunter and Whitten, 1982)
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