Monogamy Analysis

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Marriage is a social foundation that legally enforces security of sexual access, and ensures commitments between two or more people. (h154) Marriage also deals with the legalities of the rights to offspring and ownership of property. (h149) Forms of marriage vary throughout the world but all are supported through the culture’s: kinship, religion, ritual, economic, legal, and social customs. (h149)
Monogamy is a marriage custom where a person has one single spouse. (h161) Monogamy is the most wide-spread form of marriage accepted around the world. (h161) In many countries monogamy is the only legal option for marriage, this is true in most western countries including Canada. (h161) In places where the marriage of multiple spouses is acceptable,
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(h161) Polygyny is accepted and legal in many countries. Marriage to more than one wife is popular in cultures which practise wealth-generating polygyny and support themselves through agriculture and farm work. (h161) A marriage can benefit from multiple wives because the women can help work on the farms to better the economic situation. (h161) In many cases the wives want their husband to marry more women as it would be more economically productive. (h161) Many women believe polygyny gives them more freedom, creates more economic independence, and helps with the upbringing of children. (h161) In situations where men do most of the productive work to provide for a family, polygyny is much rarer since wealth is needed to support the larger family. (h163) In foraging cultures it is most likely; successful hunters, highly regarded shamans or wealthy men in pastoral or agricultural societies would take part in polygynous marriages since a man must be fairly wealthy. …show more content…
(l86) Although there are different forms of marriage, the Ju/hoansi tend follow a few traditional customs. Marriage is almost exclusively monogamous in the Ju culture. (l91) Parents usually are involved in arranging their child’s first marriage. (l86) There are many strict constraints into who the child has permission to marry, and it is a long tedious process until the perfect match is found. (l86) A marriage is typically proposed to a girl’s mother by a boy’s mother. The proposal is normally made when the boy is a young adult and the girl a young teenager. (l88) Because of tradition and age, there is usually no sex until the marriage ceremony. (l88) If the proposal is accepted, this initiates the exchanging of gifts called kamasi. (l86) Kamasi is a form of exchanging gifts regularly between the two families before the marriage ceremony; this tradition can last up to a decade. (l86) Kamasi is very important to the Ju, if the kamasi ceases the marriage may be called off by the parents. (l87) If the marriage takes place the groom must perform a bride service to the bride’s family for a number of years.

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