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Ethiopian familes are very strong, tending to be large with the work divided among
mothers, fathers and children. Fathers usually tend the field whreas women work in their
home compounds where they make nearly all the food and clothing for their families. With
improved education and employment opportunities' family sizes may be reduced.
Ther is a deep significance of the extended family and an emotional closeness and
importance of the group as opposed to individualism. In some cities or provinces in Ethiopia
it may be common for women to participate in the paid work force than others. Servants and
extended family would be used to look after children.
Many people live in family compounds on the land they work rather than in large villages.
People may also belong to larger social groups which have particular significance for
ceremonies and rituals associated with marriage and burrial. Weddings and funerals are
extremely important ceremonies with large numbers of guests and much food and drink provided