Mother

Title of an adult female in The Tribe indicating a relationship of responsibility to a child. Since all adult Gaean women take responsibility for the children of the Tribe, it is the title by which every Gaean child refers to any adult Gaean female, including its biological mother. The responsibilities are: “to nourish in body, nurture in heart, enlighten in mind, and elevate in spirit.” Furthermore, a distinction can be made between one’s biological mother, referring to her as one’s “womb-mother”, while other mothers are called “breast-mothers”.

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