Polygamy

Polygamy

Aside from variations in the determination of who people can, cannot, and must marry, cultural differences are quite apparent in the number of spouses a man or woman can have. While modern Western societies believe in the sanctity of monogamy and enshrine it in their legal codes, most social traditions, over 80%, accept at least some degree of polygamy, the union between a person and more than one spouse. Forms include:

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Department of Anthropology
University of Manitoba
Created: October 2003