Skip to Main Content

Breadcrumb

Social Plugins

Comparison between ancient Egyptian and Papua New Guinea Families

CriteriaEgyptian Family Papua New Guinea Family
ImagesEgyptian Family  Papua New Guinea Family
Family Role in society - The nuclear family was the fundamental social unit of Egypt, in many ways people today share similar values and life ways
- Even the gods were divided to nuclear families, every god had a consort and children. Cities had their sacred triads consisting of a god father, mother and child
- Family ties were extremely important, and lineage was traced through both the mother's and father's lines
- Family property and inheritance was regulated by strict codes
- The extended family is the basis of support for most people
- Traditionally, married men lived in separate houses from their wives. All men and women in a tribe shared two community huts, children lived in the women hut.
- Most land is vested in kin groups and allocated according to need. Individual land ownership is not common
Fathers - The father was responsible for the economic well-being of the family
- Monogamy was the general custom of the family structure in Egypt, with the exception of the Pharaoh, who married many times to ensure a heir to the throne.
- Both men and women may work outside the home, to provide for food.
- Men hunted together in groups, to provide food for the entire village
Wives - Individual Role - The mother supervised the household and cared for the upbringing of her own children, she had little role in the community life
- Women performed their household tasks mainly inside their homes, occasionally leaving ther houses
- Group work - Women worked together for the welfare of the community, they prepared food for the whole tribe together and participated together in the care for the extended family children
- Women worked outside and cared for the domestic pigs and gardens, belonging to the tribe
children - children were closely attached to their genetic parents for lifetime
- Respect for one's parents was a cornerstone of morality, the most fundamental duty of the eldest son was to care for his parents in their last days and to ensure that they received a proper burial.
- children were instructed by society to repay the devotion of their parents and care for them in their old age.
- Loose connection with genetic parent - A child often refers to having more than one mother and father and numerous siblings who, in other societies, would be called aunts, uncles, and cousins
- Parents who are infertile or who lost a child are often compensated with an infant child by their relatives

Top of Page

Poll: Which family system is more efficient?

Answers:
81%
241 votes

9%
28 votes

9%
28 votes

Total votes:
297

Top of Page

By Ayman Fadl - Copyright © 2001-2014