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Mother Scorpion: Sex and Gender Among the Miskitu of Nicaragua

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Among the Miskitu, a hunter-horticulturalist-fishing people on Central America's Mosquito Coast, women's actions are centred on 'confederacies of sisters', groups of matrilineally related females. Meanwhile, men as spouses attach themselves to these confederacies from the outside, focusing on typically difficult relationships with their senior in-laws. The notion of a 'confederacy of sisters' capturing and consuming brothers-in-law or sons-in-law from outside the group finds its traditional representation in the figure of Yapti Misri, a female scorpion with hundreds of breasts.


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