chapter  8
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Betrayal of the Family: The Parental Affair as Family Incest

Sexual relations were forbidden riot only within the immediate family unit (for example, between a man and his mother or between a man and his sisters), but also between persons of the opposite sex within a clan. Thus, the concept of family was extended to the entire clan, beyond blood ties. Sexual relations within the clan were taboo, and the prohibitions established in this regard were referred to as " avoidances."