2017-01-18 17:23:52 UTC
Polygamy is taboo in Western society and Christianity but other cultures and
faiths permit plural marriage.
Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)
By Nicola Heath
18 JAN 2017
In Australia, marriage is changing. Cohabitation and kids before marriage
are becoming the norm, and soon hopefully Australians will be allowed to
marry a person of the same sex.
But one thing that remains resolutely unchanged is the number of people who
make a marriage. In Australia, a legal and social consensus firmly sets that
number at two.
While polygamy - the marriage of more than one spouse at the same time - is
one of the last remaining taboos of Western society, it is relatively common
globally. Polygamy is legal in 58 out of 200 countries around the world,
including across much of Africa and in many Middle Eastern states.