>> Equally importantly for this purpose: are Yinkini allowed to sleep
>> with members of their own clan (outside their immediate bloodline,
>> presumably) or is this considered incest? Having to travel several
>> days through the mountains to reach the nearest legitimate potential
>> sexual partners would cramp the style of any Yinkin devotee...
>Not necessarily, Yinkini are hunters too so that means that they
>have lots of reasons to be away from the homestead and visiting
>others. Either from their own clan or neighbouring ones.
>Ever seen the documentaries following domestic cats when they are
>out of the house? Many have ranges of several miles and are still
>back home for breakfast :-))
>They also have their favourite haunts, the old lady at the end of
>the road who gives them fish, etc.
>I see the possibility of Yinkini having the same "hunting" rounds
>that include their favourite partners as well as the good spots to
>gather food for the clan.
The difficulty with that is a clan member hunting on a neighbouring clan's tula. Unless there's some agreement to do so you're likely to provoke a feud.
The assumption that clan tulas are always widely separated is wrong. Particularly in areas of better farmland, such as river valleys, adjacent clans will be a few miles apart. In some cases I understand the tulas actually overlap.
It's the same for women. They don't cut off all links with their birth clans. They'll visit their mothers on a regular basis which is why marriages tend to happen between neighbouring clans.
-- Donald Oddy http://www.grove.demon.co.uk/
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