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date: 15 April 2024

Levirate Marriage. 

Source:
The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Author(s):
Judith R. BaskinJudith R. Baskin

Levirate marriage, from the Latin levir (brother‐in‐law), refers to the mandated marriage of a widowed woman to her husband's brother. This practice is found in cultures that forbid exogamous marriages in Africa (Igbo, Akan, among others), Asia (Xiongnu, Mongols, Tibetans), and Brazil (Yanomamo). Levirate marriage in the case of a childless widow is also a feature of Israelite religion and has a long history in Judaism.... ...

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