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Polygamy and morality

Many cultures practice polygamy. Muslims may have four wives under Koranic law; the King of Ashanti in West Africa is strictly limited by law to 3,333 wives. Polygamy is not adultery. Neither of these cultures sanctions extramarital sex. Is polygamy immoral? Why or why not?

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Polygamy
Many cultures practice polygamy. Muslims may have four wives under Koranic law; the King of Ashanti in West Africa is strictly limited by law to 3,333 wives. Polygamy is not adultery. Neither of these cultures sanctions extramarital sex. Is polygamy immoral? Why or why not?
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Is polygamy immoral? The answer is no. But that is if you're not a Christian or one imbued with modern thinking that sees the practice as an aberration.

In the animal world, some animals are polygamous while others are monogamous. Our closest relatives, the Bonobo, are the only animals apart from humans who use sex for pleasure. All other animals use sex uniquely for reproduction. Less than 5 percent of mammals are verifiably monogamous. Among these are beavers, otters, foxes, jackals antelopes, some bats and dwarf deer. Check this website: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Monogamy-is-an-Oddity-42006.shtml

Our closest cousins in the animal kingdom are all polygamous, for want of a better word. In other words, they do not quarrel about mates as we do. For them, no one ...

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This post looks at the (im)morality of polygamy. Is our species naturally polygamous or monongamous. Is a person with more than one official, that is recognized spouse, committting an immoral act? These are some of the questions this post addresses.

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