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Cross cousin vs. parallel cousin

I'm confused, what is a cross cousin vs. a parallel cousin? I'm assuming it has something to do with the High Valyrian custom of marrying siblings (which I also take is why "brother" and "cousin" are often the same word).

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In discussing consanguineal kinship in anthropology, a parallel cousin or ortho-cousin is a cousin from a parent's same-sex sibling, while a cross cousin is from a parent's opposite-sex sibling. So a parallel cousin is the child of the father's brother (paternal uncle's child) or of the mother's sister (maternal aunt's child), while a cross cousin is the child of the mother's brother (maternal uncle's child) or of the father's sister (paternal aunt's child).

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_and_cross_cousins

The wiki page, under the heading "Kinship terminologies" also gives some real world cultures in which "brother" and "sister" are used for parallel cousins.

1 year ago

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