Role and Duties of the Kin (Anglo-Saxon Society)

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ROLE AND DUTIES OF THE KIN (ANGLO-SAXON SOCIETY) Since the beginning of time, each and every individual in society has had some sort of responsibility over someone or something. Kings are responsible for their subjects; Parents responsible for their children, landowners are responsible for their land and so on. Biblical records, which the Anglo-Saxon society grew to later build upon says that every member of society is responsible for each other. “Thou shall not covet they neighbor’s house, thou shall not covet they neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor hiss, nor any thing that is they neighbor’s. (King James Version, Exodus 20.17). The (“Kin”) as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is refers to ones “a group of persons of common ancestry; one’s relatives.”) It is only right to say that as the nuclear and most immediate contact to a person, they have the greatest responsibility to ensure that a person is a fine member of the society and poses no threat to his / herself, or anyone else. The role and duties of the kin are usually determined by a person’s involvement in the society or his/her relationship with the clan. Also, role and duties that are connected to family feuds or wergild are of extreme importance. Family feuds just as the name implies refers to when different families are at conflict with each other. This usually leads to fights and war between them. Wergild as defined by the Webster dictionary is “the value set in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law upon human life in accordance with rank and paid as compensation to the kindred or lord of a lain person.” It can also mean someone’s life worth or inheritance to be gained by his or her kin if something happened to him/her. A person’s position in a network of kinship relationships entails the performance of certain rights and duties as well as the carrying-out of

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