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Matriarchy is a social organization where the mother or oldest female heads a family or social group.[1] Descent and relationships are decided through the female line.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion: L-Z, ed. David A. Leeming; Kathryn Madden; Stanton Marlan (Berlin: Springer VS, 2008), p. 552