Assignment 7.docx - Cultural Anthropology Assignment 7 October 14th 2019 Chapter 18 Polyandry When Brothers Take A Wife 1 a What is the difference

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Cultural Anthropology Assignment 7 October 14 th , 2019 Chapter 18: Polyandry: When Brothers Take A Wife 1. a. What is the difference between polyandry and fraternal polyandry? Polyandry is a more general term in which a woman is married to more than one husband. Fraternal polyandry is more specific. In fraternal polyandry, a woman is married to two, three, four, or more brothers. The Tibetan women in “When Brothers Take a Wife” move from their homes to live with the brothers. Both cases can be connected to patrilineal descent; where kinship is determined through the male lineage. b. Why does this type of marriage make sense to the Tibetans, according to the reading? This type of marriage makes sense to the Tibetans because it has been a part of their culture that has been practiced for a long time. It is even seen as “the ideal form of marriage and family” (Goldstein, page 164). Goldstein finds that in many cases, fraternal polyandry proves to be materialistically beneficial to the Tibetans.

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