fraternal polyandry


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fraternal polyandry

A marriage in which two or more brothers share one or more wives.

Fraternal polyandry has been practised in Tibet and Nepal, as well as the subcontinent of India, but is waning in popularity; it has the advantage of producing fewer heirs per generation, reducing the issues related to primogeniture and the parcelling of lands by succeeding generations.
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A second key point is that fraternal polyandry is practiced almost exclusively within farming communities in Tibet.
As a final background note, it must be pointed out that while the practice of fraternal polyandry has been formally outlawed in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China, the custom continues largely unabated there.
Aiyappan (1935) too has a similar observation in the case of fraternal polyandry in Malabar.
Most of the literature on polyandry including this paper deals with fraternal polyandry.