Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a phratry.

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Examples

  • They were sufficiently numerous for four tribes, but as they occupied the same pueblo and spoke the same dialect the phratric organization was apparently a necessity.

    Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines

  • Each of these subdivided, and the subdivisions became independent gentes; but they retained the names of the original gentes as their respective phratric names In other words, the subdivisions of each gens reorganized in a phratry.

    Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines

  • The phratric institution among the Iroquois was in its rudimentary archaic form; but it grew into life by natural and inevitable development, and remained permanent because it met necessary wants Every institution of mankind which attained permanence will be found linked with a perpetual want.

    Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines

  • It proves conclusively the natural process by which in course of time a gens breaks up into several, and these remain united in a phratric organization, which is expressed by assuming a phratric name.

    Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines

  • The phratric organization has existed among the Iroquois from time immemorial.

    Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines

  • At the funerals of persons of recognized importance in the tribe the phratric organization manifested itself in a conspicuous manner The phrators of the decedent in a body were the mourners, and the members of the opposite phratry conducted the ceremonies.

    Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines

  • Oneidas were a subdivision of the Mohawks, and the Cayugas a subdivision of the Onondagas or Senecas, they were in reality junior tribes; whence their relation of seniors and juniors, and the application of the phratric principle.

    Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines

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