LINEAGE IN STRAIGHT LINE: AN ELEMENTARY STUDY IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Chinmay Biswas, Manas Ray

Abstract


The paper contains some field data from the Oraons and attempts at the formalization of lineage relations. The purpose of the study simply wants to draw an abstract parallel between lineage relations and straight line geometry. There are sporadic references to Western scholars, including Harary and White’s “parental graph” and W.H.R. River’s “genealogical method”.  The study derives from “physics” and applies them to the anthropology of kinship for reasons that “Physics is the study of matter, energy and motion. For the reason in kinship by inheritance system like descent everything is transmitted. The word “Everything” means mass, matter and energy. Like culture trait, property is the examples. The present paper also exerts the concept of Straight line social anthropology.

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Axis, Culture, Energy, Geometry, Lineage, Patrilineal, Social anthropology, Straight line

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