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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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.
The fact that Tibetans practice fraternal polyandry is supposed to counter fears of conflict between husbands.
"Fraternal Polyandry and Fertility in a High Himalayan Valley in Northwest Nepal." Human Ecology, 4, no.
Aiyappan (1935) too has a similar observation in the case of fraternal polyandry in Malabar.
"Fraternal polyandry in Malabar," Man in India, Vol.