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Offsprings of Father's brothers

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In the ancient past, the distinction made between cousins was strictly meant to forbid marriages between offsprings of brothers. In Chinese culture, females are "married off" to another household (adopting a different surname) hence, in terms of bloodline, offsprings of Father's sisters are not as close as those of Father's brothers.

Back then, men could have many wives and children. As a result, families tend to be pretty extensive. 表-Cousins seldom get to see each other, especially the female ones who were mostly kept at home. When children were of a suitable age, marriages are sometimes arranged between 表-Cousins.

Today, marriages between cousins are fairly uncommon but the distinctive way of addressing various family members remain.

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