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Título: Xará: namesakes in Southern Mozambique and Bahia (Brazil)
Autor: Cabral, João de Pina
Data: 2010
Citação: Cabral, J. de P. (2010). Xará: namesakes in Southern Mozambique and Bahia (Brazil). Ethnos. 75 (3), 323-345
Resumo: In Maputo (Southern Mozambique) and Bahia (Brazil), the most commonly used word to refer to namesakes is xará – a word of Amerindian origin. Although the institutions in question diverge considerably in each of these contexts, the two usages come together in that the sharing of a personal name establishes an alliance not only between the two persons involved but also among their relations. In this way, it is argued that the namesake institution is both supervening upon filiation and is a way of closing the local universe of relatedness upon itself. By superimposing a set of crossing ties, the namesake institution consolidates the entities at play and their relations. Nevertheless, much like filiation, upon which it is dependent, the namesake relation is one of co-responsibility and fusion between the partners, not of reciprocal responsibility. The latter is the product of the triangulation that such relations of alliance produce.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10451/11291
Versão do Editor: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2010.516837
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