A History of Marriage – Part 3

J-M's History Corner

Welcome to the third and final installment of my A History of Marriage series.  In Part 1, I looked at the history and origins of marriage licenses and many marriage traditions.  In Part 2 I looked at the history of and science behind marriage age, cousin marriages and avunculate (uncle/aunt with niece/nephew) marriages.  In Part 3 we’ll look at… POLYGAMY, marriage of a person to more than one partners at once.  More specifically, we’ll look at POLYGYNY(the marriage of a man to more than one wife at the same time), although that’ll touch briefly on POLYANDRY (the marriage of a woman to more than one husband at the same time).  Some refer to it as PLURAL MARRIAGE.  It’s frowned upon by Western societies.

(I recommend reading my article Does the Torah Still Apply?.  It bears relevance here.)

I’ll defer to Amanda L. Boyd.  She uses…

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