Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Berber Social Structure

Berber Social Structure

There is a very definite hierarchy within each tribe but how the chain of command is regulated depends on the region. Each tribe will have a leader and in the Middle Ages some leaders were women. The most famous is probably Kabylia who fought for her people against the French.
It is typically the men who choose a wife for themselves within their tribe, but in some tribes the decision is taken from him and is made by the families. Although in the Tuareg tribe it is the woman who chooses the man she would like to marry. It will depend on the tribe whether the family structure is patriarchal or matriarchal. The strict adherence to custom has given the Berber people a strong sense of unity and has protected their culture.
Portraits of berber: nomadic and children of the High Atlas
Portraits of Berber People: a Nomadic Berber (left) and Children of the High Atlas (right)
[Attribution: Wikimedia Commons - (l) Christopher and (r) http://www.jpereira.net]

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