Sororal Polygyny

Sororal Polygyny

 

(also sororate), a custom whereby a man enters into marital relations with several women who are sisters or cousins. The custom was first described by L. H. Morgan. The term “sororate” was introduced by J. Frazer, who collected data on the custom among many peoples of America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Scholars consider the custom a vestige of group marriage.

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