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concubine

(in polygamous societies) a secondary wife, usually of lower social rank
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In the household, the roles of concubine and courtesan began to merge, and over time the courtesan-concubine herself began to be recognized as a person of moral worth, especially since her sons might rise to positions that compelled the recognition of their birth mother.
Well, viewers of "The Empress of China" might well conclude that Chinese women, especially concubines, were all talking heads unattached to bodies
King David has several wives, countless concubines and is only partly moved by his daughter's distress.
Typically, the chronicler identified the wife by family while the mistress was more often referred to as "the concubine of.
53) Ivoirian women elites were concerned by the alienation of their husbands' earnings to concubines.
It is here we must confront the inadequacies of the English word slave as a marker for statuses as varied as household domestic, concubine, servant in the Imperial Palace, or membership in the Abid al-Bukhari (a contingent of military slaves of African origin).
In one, the king's latest concubine, Tuptim (Bai Ling), has trouble leaving behind her home and the man she truly loves.
Hammurabi, king of Babylon, had five wives and thousands of concubines.
In upcoming seasons he wants to present a play about the Imperial Japanese Army's enslavement of Korean women as concubines during World War II, and another work about Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American murdered in 1982 by a disgruntled Detroit ex-auto worker who mistook him for a Japanese-American.
Olga, 44, who won three golds for the Soviet Union in 1972 and is now a coach in the USA, told a Russian paper: "He was training not only gymnasts but concubines for himself.
The novel which talks of emperors, concubines, samurai, aristocratic society in ancient Japan, etc, even had to be translated into easy Japanese during the 1800s so that the Japanese people could read and understand it.
The Bible people were polygamous and everyone had a husband,' he says, adding that widows were allowed to become concubines.