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UNDERSTANDING NAMING PATTERNS AND KIN TERMS OF THE GALO TRIBE OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH, INDIA

Abstract:
The naming patterns and different kin terms of the Galo tribe are interesting and vital in manifesting their distinct socio-cultural identity. The naming pattern follows a patrilineal method, which is generally disyllabic,, comprise of two syllables only. The last syllable of the father’s name is used as the first syllable of child’s name. Accordingly the names of all Galos conform to this age-old genealogical tradition. However, some child’s name is also kept from the last syllable of a paternal uncle (father’s brother) and not from the biological father. It is done only to show love and respect towards the brother concerned. In recent times, the naming of child after their paternal aunt has also started which is a kind of change in the naming pattern. There is also a practice of naming the child based on their physical appearances, the relative positions of the child in family, and attitudes of parents towards the child. However, these names are also suffixed with the last syllable of father’s name. These distinctive attributes of the naming pattern are equally found in the names of some human body parts, animals, birds, things, and objects as well. Another interesting practice among the Galo is that of using different kin terms for addressing the members of family and relatives, which is not so common and conspicuous among other tribal groups of Arunachal Pradesh.

Keywords: Galo tribe, naming pattern, kin terms, patrilineal, syllable and disyllabic

https://doi.org/10.37948/ensemble-2020-0201-a010

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