In this week’s readings we encountered some marriage patterns from other cultures that are markedly different than traditional American marriage patterns. The article “Polyandry: When Brothers Share a Wife” gave us the example of a typical household in Tibet with multiple husbands and one wife, while the article “Kinship in Village India” presented the elaborate rituals that go into an arranged marriage. In the comments section below reflect and react to one of these readings.
In about four sentences, answer the following questions for one of the articles.
- What seem to be the pros and cons of this marriage pattern for the people who practice it?
- If you could ask someone from this culture anything about their marriage custom, what would you say?
- How would you like to be a spouse in such a marriage? Justify your opinion.