The San Kinship

These kinships form strong ethos, to help each other confront the conditions such as scarce resources, unemployment, homelessness, and so on. The unique thing that makes the kinship of San different is that they resist class exploitation. However, they regard their women as a symbol of wealth and they are provided with high status in the society. There are fewer features, which explain their class situation (for example in the older times the San used to give their servants European names. However, they now assimilate the African names with San.
Impact of San’s kinship on their lives
The kinship culture also influence the way they behave. As the San society is struggling to survive, with the help of the kinship culture the people are able to survive in the extreme poverty. For example in their ceremonies and healing rituals, they incorporate money into the ceremonies to combat the psychological impact of extreme poverty.
Generally they live together in small groups consisting of 10 to 15 members of the same family who travel together in search of food. Kinship provides them a feeling of unity and provides them with an identity. Due to the strong family ties, the people of the same kinship inherit the names from the family. Working together as family units and as a part of a larger group, there combined efforts at hunting and gathering food enable them to survive in an area where most of the animals have been caught by farmers and kept on settlements.
The San people observe two distinct phases of living throughout the year. One is private and dispersal where families separate from the larger group and work together themselves. During these times men not only hunt but also help the women gathering and preparing food.