Subject Description

Subject

Special unions and marriages

OCM Identifier

588

Subject Description

Used to index discussions of unions and marriages that are uncommon and those that violate norms and/or restrictions such as: in violation of incest taboos, exogamous rules, caste restrictions, or prohibitions of bigamy; common-law marriages; marriages to gods, to deceased persons, to persons of the same gender; frequency of irregular unions; social reactions; etc.

The term was changed from "Irregular unions" to "Special unions and Marriages" and the scope note was updated in 2000.

Marriage

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