5 Tribes Have Practiced Polyandry, Can Share Wives

Thursday, 19 May 2022 – 05:06 WIB

VIVA – Polyandry marriage is a form of female marriage relationship with many men or husbands. However, in this modern era, a practice is still considered taboo and is very rarely found in Indonesia. Because, the practice is considered to insult the dignity of women who have more than one partner. In fact, those who practice polyandry often get a negative and immoral stigma.

But apparently, some tribes in the world have and are still implementing this practice. In fact, a visiting guest is allowed to sleep with the wife of the owner of the house. Well, here is a review of the practice of polyandry marriages carried out by several tribes in the world as summarized by VIVA from various sources.

1. Toda Tribe, India

The tribes that inhabit the Nilgiri Hills, South India have been practicing polyandry for centuries. They practice fraternal practices or brothers will share wives. In other words, when a woman marries a man, the woman automatically marries her husband’s brother.

If the wife is pregnant, the first husband will give the bow or arrow ceremony to the wife and become the father for the first child. Then when the wife becomes pregnant again, the second husband will carry out a similar ceremony and become the father of the child. However, now it has been banned.

2. The Guanches, Canary Islands

The Guanches are a native of the Canaru Islands on the northwest coast of Africa. In the 14th and 15th centuries, there was a famine in this area which caused inequality in the population because many girls died.

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