De Facto Families and De Jure Households in Ondo


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    This article was received after Dr. Bender's death and therefore lacks that final pre-publication polish habitually given by us all. Editor.


In the Yoruba kingdom of Ondo,2 households are conceptualized as special social units, and they form distinct social groupings. In contrast, families are given only a limited recognition, at best and they form distinct social groups only in limited contexts. Comparable situations are readily found in the ethnographic literature.