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12:00 Jul 8, 2002
English to Spanish translations [PRO]
English term or phrase:perpetual kinship
A close examination of the Lunda oral tradition reveals a regrettable misunderstanding that resulted in political titles being taken for the names of kings. The principle of perpetual kinship allowed the heir not only to take his predecessor's name, but also to take on his social relationships. This was a way of denying passage of time and perpetuating a social order which concealed a chronological depth greater than it is suggested by too literal a reading of the genealogies.