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Transcript of Polygamy
meaning many married Polygamy comes from the Greek There are 2 types of polygamy: Polyandry- a marriage with multiple husbands
Polygyny- a marriage with multiple wives HISTORY In 1894, LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff said that Brigham Young declared to him that since Solomon was chastised for having 1000 wives and mistresses it was felt that Latter-day Saints should not exceed 999. Mormons tend to practice polygamy because of Joseph Smith, who happens to be the founder of Mormonism. Monogamous marriage has also been condemned by the Mormon Church as an evil system set up by the devil. For decades the church criticized monogamy and declared polygamy as "the only marriage system in heaven." Our idea of a polygamist wedding In historical China, the polygamous marriages were generally made out of one main wife, which was called the "queen wife" that has a higher status and authority compared to the other wives. Polygamy Today Polygamy has its roots trace all the way back to the Bible where Lamech, Jacob, Rehoboam, and Soloman all had more than one wife. Lamech had 2, Jacob had at least 2, Rehoboam had 18 wives, and Soloman had at least 700. Although polygamy is not a normal practice today, it may one day be. Like gay marriage once was, polygamy is illegal and looked down upon, it could eventually change. An example of a
polygamist family Many people dislike polygamy
because they think of the typical
cult-like stereotype with child
brides wearing 1800's dress, but
this isn't always the case While polygamy in America is illegal, there is expected to be 30,000 to 50,000 people living in plural families today. In 1879, the Supreme Court said the First Amendment did not protect polygamy. Status of polygamy in different countries Recognized in some regions:
Palestine Foreign marriages recognized:
United Kingdom Recognized under customary law:
Zimbabwe Recognized as civil law:
Somalia Sri Lanka
Zambia "πολύς γάμος" Credits:
Stephanie Zuber A polygamist family's family photo