Traditionally, marriage was arranged by parents, with children, particularly females, having little or no say. Historically the social system compelled marriage within a social class. Does maintaining the wealth and prestige of a family factor into marital practices in the United States? The holders usually do not have voting rights at general meeting as the ordinary shareholders. New York: Columbia University Press, 1969, p. There is at least one reference to polyandry in the ancient epic.
For example, when I asked Dorje why he decided to marry with his two brothers rather than take his own wife, he thought for a moment, then said it prevented the division of his family's farm and animals and thus facilitated all of them achieving a higher standard of living. I understand how having two husbands providing for the family would benefit the wife and kids and keep assets within the family. I have come to conclude that all we need to live as one within all differences in our race and culture, with an open mind and a respect to each and everyone as well. For many Tibetan social strata, it traditionally represented the ideal form of marriage and family. The idea of brothers marrying and sharing one wife does sound strange and I personally wouldn't participate in something like that, but the reasoning the Tibetans have is fairly logical. In this classic contribution, Melrym Goldstein describes the Tibetan practice of fraternal polyandry, where marryone woman. The eldest brother is normally dominant in terms of authority, that is, in managing the household, but all the brothers share the work and participate as sexual partners.
Yes, in that growing up socially in schools interacting with the different sex is a learning process. Again I am strong believer in one plus two but at the same time I grew up in a America idealistic society. Monogamy : the practice or state of being married to one person at a time. While women as wives are working for their careers along with taking care all of the members in her family, the men as husbands do not do anything to help their wives reduce the pressure from family. Consequently, although men and women do not find the idea of sharing a bride or bridegroom repulsive, individual likes and dislikes can cause familial discord. The age of the brothers plays an important role in determining this: very young brothers almost never participate in actual marriage ceremonies, although they typically join the marriage when they reach their midteens.
Shitar Dorje, 30, married her 37-year-old husband Karma a decade ago. As a matter of fact, Tibetan rules of family land, mainly based on links, did provide for each generation to partition the land between brothers, but this was ignored to prevent the estate unit from being threatened. The field work done by Gilmore concludes that despite the society a man is apart of, he is forced to face universal challenges of manhood. It is believed to limit human population growth and enhance child survival. Although Tibetans see an economic advantage to fraternal polyandry, they do not value the sharing of a wife as an end in itself. Polyandrous marriages were practiced in pre-Islamic Arabian cultures, but were outlawed during the.
Their wife, at far right, is Draupadi. Tra- offspring are treated similarly. Polyandry is something I do not agree upon. I am the youngest of four brothers and would rather not submit under another one. The village is precariously perched on the side of a very steep hill about 6,000ft up. Monogamy is when the three brothers take three wives and each have three sons and so on.
Traditionally, marriage was arranged by parents, with children, particularly females, having little or no say. Most of the villagers survive off tiny plots of cropland. Thus, the children from different wives in the same generation are competing sets of heirs, and this makes such families inherently unstable. Being unmarried is not synonymous with exclusion from the reproductive pool. Because of this it would be very difficult to leave.
We do not have the same worries about the amount of land that we will be able to use, because we are not dependent on the land for crops. However, the males feel that it is unfair that the eldest gets the highest authority. However, it is now known that it is practiced to reduce the population growth, by forcing some women, or 31% of the female population, to become spinsters. Those in medieval Europe dealt with the problem by dividing their properties or by giving the property only to the eldest son while the others went to the army or the church. It is hard to imagine something like this taking place in the United States, especially with how our society is centered around the individual.
This article was different and different due to the cultures, beliefs, and values. According to European accounts, during a great famine in 14th or 15th century, girls were killed after coming to life in order to equilibrate demography. Polyandrous mating systems are also a common phenomenon in the animal kingdom. To avoid this situation, the solution was a , where the brothers would share a bride. If every brother married separately and had children, family land would be split into unsustainable small plots. We do not share your email address with others. Nowadays polyandry is rare, but still found for instance among the Brokpas of the Merak-Sakten region.