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Old 04-28-2013, 01:52 AM
MeeraReed MeeraReed is offline
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Originally Posted by onewayward View Post
Incest is defined differently by different cultures.

For example, cousins. Many (non-European) cultures have a belief that your best marriage mate would be one of your "cross cousins," your father's sisters' children or your mother's brothers' children. Yet these same cultures have a strong incest taboo against relations with your "parallel cousins," your father's brothers' children or your mother's sisters' children.

Western European cultures do not distinguish between these two types of cousins: they are both your first cousins. Any first cousins, at one time, were ideal marriage mates; but now it's icky /taboo/ incestuous/ illegal to marry your first cousin.
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