Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. The anthropological record indicates that approximately 85 per cent of human societies have permitted men to have more than one wife polygynous marriage , and both empirical and evolutionary considerations suggest that large absolute differences in wealth should favour more polygynous marriages. Yet, monogamous marriage has spread across Europe, and more recently across the globe, even as absolute wealth differences have expanded.
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In this new column, sex historian Dr. Kate Lister, of Leeds Trinity University , explores the ways in which people from around the world approach love, sex, and marriage. Every mating ritual on the planet boils down to trying to impress your intended. Which is why we could stand to learn a thing or two from the Wodaabe, a nomadic people from Africa , who migrate across Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Chad. You might not think there is anything special about that, after all our own culture is saturated with images of beautiful bodies, but the Wodaabe prize male beauty over female beauty, and it is the men who spend hours putting their make up on. Of course, the women also take a great deal of care in their appearance, but it pales in comparison with the amount of time their menfolk invest in their grooming routines.
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The Mundugumor a. Biwat are a tribe of Papua New Guinea. The Mundugumor tribe was first studied by anthropologist Margaret Mead during her field studies in Papua New Guinea from to
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