The Hopi Essay by The Research Group

The Hopi
Examines the role of reproductive power, birth, childhood, social structure, marriage rites, religious ceremonies, gender roles and the future.
# 19599 | 2,025 words | 5 sources | 1992 | US
Published on Feb 22, 2003 in Women Studies (Culture) , African-American Studies (General)

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"The Hopi celebrates life and in this sense, the reproductive process is revered. Because women have the power to reproduce, the society revolves around the women and their role in sustaining and nourishing the clan. The men are seen as "messengers" or intermediate workers who help to raise the crops, which are given life from Mother Earth. This is a recurrent theme that is expressed in all phases of life.

Birth is an important event to both the mother's and father's clan, children of both sexes being very much desired by the Hopi. Girls are specially prized because of their role in the perpetuation of the clan and because of the reproductive powers.. From the very beginning of life, the differences between male and female roles in the Hopi clans are evident. At ..."

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