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Assignment 7 If you are using a quote from the reading to support your answer or are copying definitions, please make sure you are using quotation marks and citing where your quote came from. For this type of assignment in class, if you are taking a quote from the reading or text, last name/page number will suffice. Chapter 18: Polyandry: When Brothers Take A Wife 1. a. What is the difference between polyandry and fraternal polyandry? Polyandry is when a woman has multiple husbands. Fraternal polyandry is specifically when the husbands are all brothers. b. Why does this type of marriage make sense to the Tibetans, according to the reading? This system of marriage mainly makes sense to the Tibetans because it allows them to maintain their status. If each man were to marry his own wife, theoretically the land would be divided into pieces. Then each man’s sons would divide up the land. Eventually, each family would be owning a small chunk of the original land and would have much lower financial status and wealth. Having a single wife allows for the land to be kept in a big chunk. This avoids conflict over land and possessions and keeps everyone in the family fed. It is also easier to

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