Folk-Lore in the Old Testament Volume N . 2

Folk-Lore in the Old Testament Volume N . 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...death he marries one or more of them as a matter of course. Again, he is expected to marry his deceased brother's widow, though he has not an absolute right to do so. In some tribes of American Indians the sororate appears to survive only in its later form as a right or an obligation to marry a deceased wife's sister. For example, among the Assiniboins, a northern tribe, " polygamy was frequent. The levirate was also commonly practised. A married woman will still wait on her brothers-in-law as if they were her husbands, though there is no sexual intercourse between them. If a man's wife dies, he has a pre-emptive right to her younger sister, and if the girl is still immature she is kept for him until puberty."4 Among the Iroquois The levirate and the sororate, in the form of marriage with a deceased wife's sister, amonfi the Indians of North America. 1 Maximilian Prinr zu Wied, Reise in das Innere Nord-America (Coblenz, 1839-1841), ii. 130.-L. H. Morgan, Ancient Society, p. 160. 3 Alfred L. Kroeber, The Arapaho (New York, 1902), p. 14 (Bulletin of the. American Museum of Natural History, vol. xviii. Parti.). 4 Robert H. Lowie, The Assiniboine (New York, 1909), p. 41 (Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, vol. iv. Part i.). polygamy was forbidden and never became a practice;' hence with them there was no question of a man marrying several sisters in their lifetime. Nevertheless, when his wife died, an Iroquois was regularly obliged to marry her sister, or, in default of a sister, such other woman as the family of his deceased wife might provide for him. A man who should refuse to wed his deceased wife's sister would, we are told, expose himself to all the abuse and vituperation which the injured woman chose more

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