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- adj. Of or pertaining to exogamy
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as exogamous.
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- adj. characterized by or fit for fertilization by a flower that is not closely related
- adj. pertaining to or characterized by the custom of marrying only outside the limits of a clan or tribe
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LeGuin called “Clans, exogamic groups, chiefs or governors, political units... [or just] [t]he germinal, nameless political community that can be traced among the Indians of the greater part of the State [in this case California].”
They even have a mathematics for it, with empirical formulas and symbols for "lateral pressures" and "exchange valences" and "exogamic relief."
The clans were exogamic as to their own members, as were also the phratries in primitive times.
Indians of North Carolina: Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, Transmitting, in Response to a Senate Resolution of June 30, 1914, a Report on the Condition and Tribal Rights of the Indians of Robeson and Adjoining Counties of North Carolina
However, this exogamic system could not prevent inbreeding, as there was always the possibility that uncles and nieces might marry, so that a "horizontal" system was superimposed across this "vertical" one, forbidding all marriages between different generations.
The assertion that these smaller bands constituted exogamic clans seems consistent with Plains Indians custom.
The cause of Ahura's being troubled at the feast is not certain, but the king evidently supposes that she has been pleading to be allowed to marry her beloved brother, and when taxed with it she only expresses her willingness to give way to his exogamic views.
The particular exogamic customs vary considerably among early tribes, the differences following, in general, differences of social organization.
If a group is exogamic, the women in it were born abroad somewhere.