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Marriage, With Child, Sex and motherhood.

From:Michael Adams <michael.adams1@...>
Date:Friday, May 5, 2006, 10:02
People forget that marriage for many centuries was a SECULAR
thing, only during the middle ages with the rise of the Catholic
church and its records keeping, did marriage become religious,
other than you asked for things to be blessed.

Ireland it was secular up until the 1500s or so. Only with the
choice "Catholic or Protestant" became embroiled in the Henry
VIII debates, and the link of Catholic = Irish, English =
Protestant.. Did many of the Irish even care about strict
observations of the faith.


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----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Bleackley" <Peter.Bleackley@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 11:44 PM
Subject: Re: Brothers-in-law

> staving Jim Henry: > >On 5/4/06, Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...> wrote: > > > >>Apparently, there is no common PIE word for "wife"
reconstructable, nor
> >>for any wife-relative family terms. What this says about the
structure and
> >>nature of PIE families is left as an exercise for the
> > > >Would it be reasonable to guess that PIE, like > >modern French, used a single word for both > >"woman" and "wife"? Ancient Greek seems to have > >lost the PIE root for husband as far as I can tell, > >substituting a generic "aner, andros" for man/husband. > >What other languages (IE or not) have common > >words for "man/husband" and/or "woman/wife"? > >Are there any commonalities obvious about their > >present or recent past marriage customs? > > I believe that in Old English, "wif" also overlapped meanings
> "wife" and "woman", and I think that "cwen" did too. > > Pete


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