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Title: Unilineality  
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Subject: Marriage, Ambilineality, Parallel and cross cousins, Iroquois kinship, Ghost marriage (Chinese)
Collection: Kinship and Descent
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Unilineality is a system of determining descent groups in which one belongs to one's father's or mother's line, whereby one's descent is traced either exclusively through male ancestors (patriline), or exclusively through female ancestors (matriline). Both patrilineality and matrilineality are types of unilineal descent. The main types of the unilineal descent groups are lineages and clans.

A lineage is a unilineal descent group that can demonstrate their common descent from a known apical ancestor.

Unilineal descent organization and deep Christianization

Recent research[1] on the unilineal descent organization has studied variables that are usually regarded as the main causes of the decline of Europe.


  1. ^ "Unilineal Descent Groups and Deep Christianization: A Cross-Cultural Comparison", Cross-Cultural Research: the Journal of Comparative Social Science 37/1 (2003), p. 132–156.

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