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The Distinction In Culture Between Men And Women

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This chapter outlines most common features of distinction in culture between men and women. Throughout the year the men worked mainly in the paddy fields. Women could not inherit paddy fields. Men were also involved in building sheds and houses, carpentry, chopping firewood and making charcoal, felling trees and stacking lumber, fishing and hunting, raising birds, slaughtering pigs, cattle, chicken and ducks. The women spun thread and wove cloth, made indigo and dyed the cloth, embroidered; sewed clothes and washed them, planted and picked vegetables, raised infants, steamed glutinous rice and cooked meals. The distinctive culture between men and women was passed down from generation to generation. There was no need for special education or rules, as everyone naturally followed traditional practices. The men's culture was a Xiangye version of northern Kam culture, while the women's culture was a manifestation of southern Kam culture.

Keywords: carpentry; distinctive culture; glutinous rice; men; paddy; southern Kam culture; women



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