5 Countries Where Women Have More Than One Husband

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Countries Where Women Have More Than One Husband

Men having more than one wife (polygamy) is very popular in most parts of the world and even supported by some religions. Such practices are widespread in Africa and most Islamic countries. However, it comes across as unusual to hear of a woman with multiple husbands. Polyandry is a form of polygamy in which a woman takes two or more husbands at the same time.

For an example, fraternal polyandry is practiced among Tibetans in Nepal, parts of China and part of northern India, in which two or more brothers are married to the same wife, with the wife having equal “sexual access” to them.

We have gathered five known countries with tribes that practice polyandry (Women getting married to more than one husband).

5. Nigeria

Although it is largely uncommon in Nigeria, there are some tribes in Nigeria that also allow polyandry. Among the Irigwe of Northern Nigeria. Irigwe people are found in Bassa, Jos North, and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau State and in Kauru Local Government Area of southern Kaduna State, Nigeria. Irigwe Women can have traditionally acquired numerous spouses called “co-husbands”. The Irigwe people of Nigeria practiced a woman having co-husbands until their council voted to outlaw it in 1968. Until then, women moved from house to house, taking on multiple spouses, and the children’s paternity was assigned to the husband whose house the woman lived in at the time.

4. Kenya

In August 2013, Kenyan witness polyandry when two men decided to be husbands to a woman whom they both love. It is noteworthy that Kenyan laws don’t explicitly forbid Polyandry and legal action can’t be taken against people who practice it. There have also been reported cases of polyandry among the Massai people of Kenyan.

3. India

India as a country has more than one tribe practicing polyandry. Polyandry is prevalent in parts of North India by Paharis in the Jaunsarbawar region while in Kinnaur, Himachal a minority of the people justify and practice Polyandry. As descendants of the Pachi Pandavas (five brothers who were husbands to a woman named Draupadi daughter of King Panchala), they believe they have to carry on the tradition. Asides from them, the Toda tribe of Nilgris, Najanad Vellala of Travancore, and some Nair caste Sytems in South India also practice polyandry. A survey of 753 Tibetan families by Tibet University in 1988 found that 13% practiced polyandry(women getting married to more than one man).

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2. South America

Polyandry also existed among tribes in South America as the Bororo practiced polyandry while up to 70 percent of Amazonian cultures may have believed in the principle of multiple paternity. “The Tupi-Kawahib also practice fraternal polyandry.

1. China

The practice of fraternal polyandry is common among the people Tibet in the Nepal parts of China and India. It is based on the belief that a child can have more than one father and usually when two or more brothers marry one woman, they all have equal sexual access to her.The practice is encouraged if the family is poor and can’t divide their properties amongst the offsprings of separate fathers. So they keep their small farmlands and properties big by getting married to the same woman.


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