TIL in Tibet it’s traditional for a woman to be married to multiple husbands who were usually all brothers in order to keep the land within the same family under inheritance laws. The practice was technically outlawed in 1981 but has no penalties and isn’t prosecuted.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyandry_in_Tibet

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  1. “Concern over which children are fathered by which brother falls on the wife alone. She may or may not say who the father is because she does not wish to create conflict in the family or is unsure who the biological father is.”

  2. An interesting read that I’ve been working on lately is The Origin of The Family, Private Property, and The State by Engels. If you’ll try to give some benefit of the doubt with the clearly outdated language of a 19th century English man, it presents some interesting ideas about the history of marriages along the development of society, mostly linked to food sources and the emergence of inherited property. He asserts, with compelling reason, that patriarchy and monogamy were mostly a result of the need for men to ensure they had legitimate heirs to pass their property to, rather than passing property to all the children of their wife, who was historically likely who the children traced their lineage from. I haven’t read it all the way through, so I can’t attest to the correctness of it, but it seems reasonable enough, and there also seem to be anthropological findings to back a good deal of it up.

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