Re: Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?
Thu, 25 Jul 1996 17:01:42 GMT (Al Billings) wrote:
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>: Minangkabau matriarchy
>: The society of the Minangkabau is ruled by the system of matriarchy,
>: that means that they trace descent and inheritance through
>: the female line.
> This isn't matriarchy. This is matrilineal descent. Two different things.

Perhaps you should look these terms up in a dictionary before you
claim such things.

Very interesting, you make a distinction which I cannot find in any
other place, including dictionaries and other books.

matriarchate: a society, tribe, or state in which women hold the
dominant authority.
matriarchy: a social system in which descent is traced through the
mother's side of the family.
matrilineal: pertaining to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent
through the maternal line.

As you can see, the two terms are virtually identical. "achy"
signifying a social system, the "eal" signifying a METHOD.

TECHNICALLY, ENGLAND has been a matriarchate from time to time as
women have been holding dominant authority. So, your arguement is

This leads me to believe that you do not know what you are talking