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The rural Mexican culture is made up of many small towns and villages The social connections among adults in theses areas are relatively intimate because many of these areas are endoga mous communities Most newly married couples live with the mans parents until they are financially stable enough to purchase land of their own to build on Though it is less common the couple may decide to live with the wifes parents if the mother and daughter-in-law dont get along Kay 1991 p 367 A typical mexican home or compound as they are commonly called Consists of the familys private living space which is likely to be set back from the road Generally the compound is enclosed by a stonewall and contains several structures There is the main house which might be a modern type built of stone and have a metal roof or the traditional wattle and daub walls with a steep palm-thatched roof Either way it is likely to be a one-room house The traditional house is oval has a floor of pressed dirt or tile and two doors but no windows Inside the windowless house daylight filters in though the palm thatching At night a single electric bulb provides light Also at night several hammocks are let down from the rafters and the house serves as the familys sleeping quarters In every compound there is also a separate cooking hut with an open fire Near the well there will be a raised trough covered by a palm-thatched roof for the daily clothes washing Sometimes there is a small bathhouse built of sticks interwoven with palm leaves in which household members take their daily baths The most striking thing about life in the compound is the extents to which various activities inter mingle The whole compound constitutes an extended living area where there is little or no individual private space Spielman 1993 Typically rural Mexicans believe that conceptions occur immediately after a
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