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incest,

sexual relations between persons to whom marriagemarriage,
socially sanctioned union that reproduces the family. In all societies the choice of partners is generally guided by rules of exogamy (the obligation to marry outside a group); some societies also have rules of endogamy (the obligation to marry within a group).
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 is prohibited by custom or law because of their close kinshipkinship,
relationship by blood (consanguinity) or marriage (affinity) between persons; also, in anthropology and sociology, a system of rules, based on such relationships, governing descent, inheritance, marriage, extramarital sexual relations, and sometimes residence.
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. Ideas of kinship, however, vary widely from group to group, hence the definition of incest also varies. Customs prescribing whom a person may and may not marry are found among all human groups, and these apparently antedated knowledge of the genetic effects of the intermarriage of close relatives. Even modern prohibitions of incest are based only in part on the observed fact that inherited defects tend to be transmitted in intensified form when both parents possess the same genes. In many societies, the marriage of parents and offspring, or brothers and sisters, is prohibited and abhorred—this is the incest taboo, much discussed in the anthropological literature. Only in some royal families, as in ancient Egypt and among the Inca, were such marriages customary, perhaps with the goal of conserving royal prerogatives and property; such marriages may have been largely symbolic. Theories concerning the incest taboo include sociological and psychological interpretations. In anthropology, it is often considered in relation to rules of exogamy, by which marriage serves as a means of social alliance between groups who might otherwise be disposed to fight one another. Incest is a recurrent theme in mythology and literature across the world, and it has played an important role in psychoanalytical speculation and theory (see Oedipus complexOedipus complex,
Freudian term, drawn from the myth of Oedipus, designating attraction on the part of the child toward the parent of the opposite sex and rivalry and hostility toward the parent of its own.
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). For the contemporary legal aspects of incest, see consanguinityconsanguinity
, state of being related by blood or descended from a common ancestor. This article focuses on legal usage of the term as it relates to the laws of marriage, descent, and inheritance; for its broader anthropological implications, see incest.
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Bibliography

See J. Shepher, Incest: A Biosocial View (1983); J. B. Twitchell, Forbidden Partners: The Incest Taboo in Modern Culture (1986).

Incest

 

sexual association between close relatives. The USSR prohibits the registration of marriages between persons related in direct ascending or descending line, as well as between full brothers and sisters (of the same father and mother) or half brothers and sisters (of the same father and different mothers or of the same mother and different fathers). One of the chief rea-sons for the prohibition is concern for the health of the descend-ants, since defective children are often born of such marriages.

What does it mean when you dream about incest?

The age of the person having a dream about incest must be considered, for obvious reasons. If one has never had this type of dream before, there could be any number of innocuous reasons behind it. What is important to evaluate is how the dreamer’s body feels about the dream after awakening. If incest dreams are recurrent—with a strong bodily awareness that corresponds with sexual violation, either as a victim or a predator—please seek professional care immediately. Incest in America is a national epidemic, and paying attention to relevant dreams will help heal this issue.

Incest

Incompetence (See INEPTITUDE.)
Amnon
ravishes his sister, Tamar. [O.T.: II Samuel 13:14]
Antiochus
sexually active with daughter. [Br. Lit.: Pericles]
Canace
Aeolus’s daughter; committed suicide after relations with brother. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 49]
Cenci, Count Francesco
old libertine ravishes his daughter Beatrice. [Br. Lit.: Shelley The Cenci, Magill I, 131]
Clymenus
Arcadian who violated his daughter, Harpalyce. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 65]
Compson, Quentin
his only passion is for his sister Candace. [Am. Lit.: Faulkner The Sound and the Fury in Magill I, 917]
Electra
bore great, passionate love for father, Agamemnon. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 92; Gk. Lit.: Electra, Orestes]
Engstrand, Regina
Oswald’s half-sister and chosen lover. [Nor. Lit.: Ghosts]
Giovanni and Annabella
brother-sister romance. [Br. Lit.: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore]
Harpalyce
bears child by father, Clymenus. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 114]
Jocasta
unknowingly marries her son, Oedipus. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
Judah
unknowingly has relations with daughter-in-law. [O.T.: Genesis 38:15–18]
Lot
impregnates his two daughters. [O.T.: Genesis 19:36]
Myrrha
mother of Adonis; daughter of Adonis’s father. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 741]
Niquee and Anasterax
sister and brother live together in incest. [Span. Lit.: Amadis de Gaul]
Oedipus
unknowingly marries mother and fathers four sons. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
Sieglinde and Siegmund
twin brother and sister passionately in love. [Ger. Lit.: Mann “The Blood of the Walsungs”]
Tamar
seduces her brother and her father. [Am. Lit.: Robinson Jeffers Tamar in Magill I, 948]
Tower, Cassandra
(Cassie) had relations with Dr. Tower, her father. [Am. Lit.: King’s Row, Magill I, 478–480]
Warren, Nicole
suffers after having had sexual relations with father. [Am. Lit.: Tender Is the Night]

Incest

(dreams)
This could be an extremely disturbing dream, but it does not necessarily have anything to do with sex. It is possible that you may be worried about other aspects of your family life. If this dream persists, you may consider talking to a professional about it. If you are currently making important decisions, don’t do anything that is morally questionable because you are already experiencing disturbing dreams associated with taboos that bring up feelings of guilt and shame.
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In fact, aristocratic marriage had the main goal of protecting the patrimony, and for this purpose it encouraged endogamy to keep inheritance in the same house (although nuclear incest was not practiced, the notion of incest lost its meaning beyond the third degree of kinship), allowed male adultery as long as no inheritance was involved (female adultery was prohibited to avoid another man's blood to have claim on the family patrimony) and did not require strict monogamy, since a widower could remarry or a husband could repudiate a wife not only on the ground of her adultery but also in the interest of the patrimony.
50) The Capetian kings seem to have been constantly involved in marriage scandals, including adultery, bigamy, and incest since the beginning of the eleventh century, when King Robert the Pious married three women, and repudiated two wives, claiming that the marriages had been tainted by incest.
52) In an effort to reduce such contradictions, and thus promoting marriage stability, the Lateran Council in 1215 reduced the incest prohibition from the seventh to the fourth degree of kinship.
Although the documented activity of the Church did not revolve around nuclear family incest, but only loose degrees of consanguinity, affinity and spiritual kinship, nuclear incest is indeed the most popular in literature.
The new literary fashion for the theme of incest (be it nuclear family incest, by affinity or by spiritual kinship), which developed in Western Europe from eleventh century on, presumably under the influence of the royal incest scandals and the related active campaign of the Church, shows not only the public knowledge of such canonical impediments to marriage, but also, and most importantly, the growing anxiety concerning incest as a moral and social sin, with both eternal and earthly consequences, for the individual and for the society respectively.