Kinship Practices

Kinship practices, including daily activities, based on respect for kinsfolk, traditional rules and prohibitions, have not only united groups of people sharing the same blood, but have also constituted the basis for the economic, social, and political organization of Kalmyk society. Traditionally, Kalmyk groups consisted of exogamous clans (torl), which were further divided into hotn units. Arranged as circular nomadic encampments, these units comprised of households led by brothers or related men from the same patrilineage. Daily life in these units, as in Kalmyk society as a whole, was regulated by various kinship practices, the videos of which are hosted in three different video collections on this page.

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