14 Pages

Lesson 3 Family

Family relationships in Tajikistan, as in other Eastern countries, follow a strict hierarchy. They exist not only between members of one family-father, mother, and children-but also between various related families. Adults and older relatives have a significant influence over what is decided on family matters. For instance, their advice and active participation determines proceedings for ceremonies such as boys’ circumcision rituals, weddings, and funerals.