Kinship systems

Raveen Satkurunathan tawady at YAHOO.COM
Tue Oct 10 19:14:15 UTC 2000

On Mon, 9 Oct 2000 20:28:17 GMT, Vidyasankar Sundaresan
<vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

>3. Scientifically speaking, cross-cousin marriages (and also a woman
>marrying her maternal uncle) are simply not a good idea, especially when
>pattern is repeated for a few generations. The whole point of sexual
>reproduction is to increase genetic diversity. Marrying among close
>relatives goes against this evolutionary trend. That something was
>culturally followed by some groups of people at some point of time does not
>mean that the custom should never undergo change.

I've heard this many times but is there is any published data on this ?
More links on cross cousin marrieges,

Yanamano of South America and a Namibian tribe (i do not recall the name)
are also known for cross cousin marrieges.


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