Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Though gender equality has increased greatly over the past decades, it is unquestionable that western society is largely patrilineal. Inheritances and family names are passed on, according to western tradition, through the male line. In some regions of the world, however, it is the female, and not the male side which is dominant. Politically and socially, females hold central roles in various societies around the world, particularly in India and Africa. This book examines the concept of a matrilineal organization as well as various examples from around the world. Finally, the book turns to the role of matrilineality in the Jewish tradition.
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