Costa Rica BriBri women

The Bribri women live in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica on the Talamanca reservation. Like other indigenous people, they have a widely held set of beliefs and have a rich culture that has been molded over thousands of years. They retain their spoken language and use the Latin alphabet. Their community is led by the Bribri women who are responsible for developing the bartering system in the community.

-At the age of 4, girls may begin to take care of younger sisters when their mothers or grandmothers are not present. When a girl reaches the age of 11 to 14, and she wants to be with boys and not with her little sister, it can cause some conflict within the family. But, the parents are not harsh and knows/expect the girls to become more mature as they age.

Bri Bri women tend to follow native custom, but may get married in Catholic or Protestant ceremonies

Native customs: The two sets of parents decide if the couple can marry, after the man asks them, with the mother and grandmother of the girl having a great deal of influence on the decision

The man comes to live with the bride’s parents for a period of time (matrilocal residence); however, the two may go live out on their own (neolocal residence)

Because they are isolated from other indigenous people, some practice the sororal polygyny custom (taking the woman and her sister as his wives) but about half of them follow the bilateral cross-cousin marriage (the man marrying his uncle’s daughter and his aunt’s daughter)

Women are mainly in charge of the household, but men are not devalued and neither place themselves higher than the other.

The Bribri women live in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica on the Talamanca reservation. Like other indigenous people, they have a widely held set of beliefs and have a rich culture that has been molded over thousands of years. They retain their spoken language and use the Latin alphabet. Their community is led by the Bribri women who are responsible for developing the bartering system in the community.

The Bri Bri people are a group of vibrant men and women who are proud of their culture and the significance behind many things in their culture.

Theoretical perspectives of the Bri Bri marriage

Functional Analysis: In their culture, marriage is not a sign of weakness; instead it is a way of survival in their community. They don't think about trying to prove themselves to men or that they can do exactly what men can do or better. In the Bribri culture they do not believe in gender roles. The men and women work together to do what is best for the community.

Conflict Theory: The majority of the work is put upon the women, but men still contribute in many ways. The roles of men and women are determined by the mothers family. Women have somewhat of a higher status than men. The men usually work outside of the village on plantations, however, health risks come with those type of jobs, which leaves the women to find other ways to bring in income. In a marriage, this can cause some conflicts between the two spouses.

Symbolic Interactionism: The roles that the women have in the marriage differ from the man's. The women will stay at home and take care of the family, the house, and take part of the bartering system. The men go off for a couple of days to work on the fields. They both separately support themselves, each other, and the community.

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"Boruca, Bribri, and Cabécar." Encyclopedia of World Cultures. . Retrieved January 30, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/boruca-bribri-and-cabecar

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