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What are different marriage practices throughout the world?
Today I learned of an interesting culture of Mosuo people from China. They don’t marry.
Men and women can change partners as they please throughout their lives. Couples never live together. The man will visit her at night, but the rest of the time they generally live separate lives.
Both men and women continue to live with his or hers extended family’s (including grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews) and be responsible for that family. Everyone in the family, including men, shares in parental duties, so the child ends up having multiple father and mother figures.
Do you know of any other similar types of “marriage” arrangements that are different from the classical western image of pair-bonding, nuclear family marriage?