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Aiel familial terms are those terms used by the Aiel to describe relationships with family. Many of the terms are confusing to wetlanders. Among the Aiel, there is a closer connection to the mother's side of the family than the father's side.

There are rules about talking of an Aiel's family. One example would be mentioning a man's second-father (father-in-law) or a woman's second-mother (mother-in-law) unless they have done so first. Doing this is considered a hostile act, so much so that if you are touched, it is the same as if you held a weapon.[1]

First-sister Edit

First-sisters are daughters of the same mother. People who have been near-sisters for a time can become first-sisters by asking a Wise One who then use a form of Bonding on the two women. It is similar to becoming sister-wives, a requirement for sharing a husband.

First-brother Edit

First-brother is the name of a relationship between two Aiel men. It means having the same mother, that is they are real brothers, but not necessarily the same father. Two near-brothers can also bond each other as first-brothers using the same, or similar, ritual near-sisters do, though the success rate is lower.

Second-sister Edit

Second-sister is the name of a kinship between two Aiel women. It means your mothers are sisters. For a real-world perspective, your second-sister would be your cousin. This is considered a closer relationship than father-sisters, but not as close as first-sisters or sister-wives.

Second-brother Edit

Second-brother is the name of a kinship between two Aiel men. It means your mothers are sisters. For a real-world perspective, your second-brother would be your cousin.

Father-sister Edit

Father-sister is the name of a kinship between two Aiel women. It means your fathers are brothers. For a real-world perspective, your father-sister would be your cousin. Father-sisters aren't considered as closely related as second-sisters.

Near-sister Edit

Near-sister is a relationship between two Aiel women. It means being best friends, and considered as close as being first-sisters. Near-sisters can perform a ceremony in front of Wise Ones to become first-sisters, which in the eyes of the Aiel means they are actual sisters.

Near-brother Edit

Near-brother is a relationship between two Aiel men. It means being best friends, and considered as close as being first-brothers. Near-brothers are less likely to become first-brothers compared to near-sisters becoming first-sisters.

Sister-wife Edit

Sister-wife is the name of a relationship between two Aiel women. It means they have the same husband.

Known sister-wives:

Sister-mother Edit

Sister-mother is a relationship between an Aiel and another woman. It means the sister of your mother. For a real-world perspective, your sister-mother would be your aunt on your mother's side.

Sister-father Edit

Sister-father is a relationship between an Aiel and another man. It means the brother of your mother. For a real-world perspective, your sister-father would be your uncle on your mother's side.

Second-mother Edit

Second-mother is a relationship between an Aiel and another woman. It means the mother of your spouse. For a real-world perspective, your second-mother would be your mother-in-law.

Second-father Edit

Second-father is a relationship between an Aiel and another man. It means the father of your spouse. For a real-world perspective, your second-father would be your father-in-law.

Greatfather Edit

Greatfather is a relationship between an Aiel and another man. It means the father of your mother. For a real-world perspective, your greatfather would be your grandfather on your mother's side.

Greatmother Edit

Greatmother is a relationship between an Aiel and another woman. It means the mother of your mother. For a real-world perspective, your greatmother would be your grandmother on your mother's side.

Second-greatfather Edit

Second-greatfather is a relationship between an Aiel and another man. It means the father of your spouse's mother. For a real-world perspective, your second-greatfather would be your grandfather-in-law.

Second-greatmother Edit

Second-greatmother is a relationship between an Aiel and another woman. It means the mother of your spouse's mother. For a real-world perspective, your second-greatmother would be your grandmother-in-law.

NotesEdit

  1. Lord of Chaos, Chapter 17

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