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Polygamy (polyandry & polygyny) : yes or no?

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dc.contributor.author Ras, J.M. Johan
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-23T12:27:52Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-23T12:27:52Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.identifier.citation Ras, J.J., 2010. Polygamy (polyandry & polygyny): Yes or No?. Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2(2), pp.108-114. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1971
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso, Volume 2, Issue 2, Jan 2010, p. 108 - 114 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper discusses polygamy in the light of the Bible and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996). A careful reading of the context (lexical-syntactical analysis) and the broader context (historical-cultural background) of especially the Old Testament reveals that polygyny was not prohibited during ancient times, but was an acceptable practice within Israelite/Jewish communities. Although the practice of polygyny can be criticised, the validity of this belief and/or custom cannot and must not be denied on Biblical grounds. Act 108 of 1996 (section 9.3), dealing with the Bill of Rights of every South African, explicitly states that the state may not unfairly discriminate against anyone inter alia because of their religion, belief, custom, or culture. I recommend that believers/churches must respect those who believe that this practice is from God, and must stop overemphasising monogamy as the only valid marital/cohabitation custom. The Biblical authors, and by implication those drawing up the Constitution, have given everyone the freedom to choose for themselves how many wives they may have. Although polyandry is not mentioned in the Bible, the practice of this belief/custom also cannot be denied. Women have the freedom to practise what they believe is the best for them in their particular situation. Like polygyny, the practising of polyandry cannot be denied on legal grounds (cf. Act 108 of 1996, section 9.3) when it forms part of a person’s religion, belief, or custom. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Poligamy en_US
dc.subject polyandry en_US
dc.subject polygyny en_US
dc.subject old testament en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title Polygamy (polyandry & polygyny) : yes or no? en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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