Why Chukchi have to change their wives
• Why Chukchi have to change their wives
Every nation living far from civilization, there are customs and traditions that are profane men seem at least strange. Now, in the era of globalization, the uniqueness of small nations is rapidly being eroded, but some centuries-old foundations still remain. For example, the Chukchi very extravagant system of marriage and family relations.
The Chukchi - the indigenous people of the Far North - live by the laws of levirate. This marriage custom, which does not allow the families, survivors, left without support and livelihood. His brother or another close relative of the deceased man's responsibility to marry the widow and adopt her children.
Obviously, the action of the levirate tradition explains the popularity of group marriage. Married men agree to unite families, to assist each other in labor and material support. Of course, the poor Chukchi seek to conclude an alliance with wealthy friends and neighbors.
The ethnographer Vladimir Bogoras wrote: "Assuming the group marriage, the men sleep, without asking, mixed with other men's wives. Wife Chukchi is generally limited only by one or two friends, are not uncommon, however, examples when such a close relationship maintained with many ".
Children born in families who are in a relationship of group marriage are considered siblings. And watch over all of them members of a large family. So a group marriage - a real salvation for childless couples: infertile men to have children will always help his friend. And the birth of the baby for the Chukchi - always a happy event, no matter who his biological father.