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Re: Brothers in law

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Thursday, May 4, 2006, 21:33
Paul Bennett skrev:
> On Thu, 04 May 2006 13:47:54 -0400, Michael Adams > <michael.adams1@...> wrote: > >> Sort of the reverse is the Mormon custom of a man marrying his >> brother wife, when the brother died. Not always a marriage, but >> more like a "she is under my protection, and so are her kids, >> since she is my brother widow and they are my kin".. > > > Not just Mormon, but Comanche, and IIRC Cherokee. It may well be a > pattern common to many Native Americans, but I have no idea. >
It's called _levirate_ from the Latin word for "husband's brother, brother-inlaw". It was practiced among the ancient Hebrews, and sadly in the eighties helped to propagate AIDS among the Massai. -- /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se "Maybe" is a strange word. When mum or dad says it it means "yes", but when my big brothers say it it means "no"! (Philip Jonsson jr, age 7)