Jan Challenge '12BEING POLITE
In Lana culture, family is not strictly the people who are blood related to you. "Adoptions" or ramadioa are frequent and occur at any age, during which an individual is brought into a family through both formal and informal legal means. People frequently address each other by name preceded by a kin-term even if they aren't legally or genetically related.
If you don't know their name, you can get away with calling almost anyone within 10 years of your age in either direction Mofema, a word which refers to a difficult-to-trace-relation, lateral in-law, or cousin. Anyone younger than you is Mafuma, which is the word for children who are related to you, but aren't yours. Elders are either Sofio (male) or Sofoa (female).
Most kin terms are reduced to fi or fo and a name. If you're staying in so