A Lovestory Nov 8, 2009 19:04:20 GMT
Post by Dark Phoenix Rising on Nov 8, 2009 19:04:20 GMT
Yes. But there's no competitive element with a child. The Mother will feel the same, so it's another thing the couple do together.
(Also ensures the father does not see the child as a competitor for the attentions of its Mother - rather important, in nature...)
However, for the mother it's not such a bomb shell, and also normally occurs earlier in the pregnancy.
Equally, it doesn't ensure that the father doesn't see the child as a competitor, rather it ensures that the father is less likely to dismiss the child. What stops the father seeing the child as a competitor is the mother sharing the tasks of raising the child with the father, and not devoting herself completely to the child to the exclusion of the father.
Can I just point out that it's not just Eastern, but also african, native american, myan, aribic, egyptian etc.
I included Arabia, myself, and that includes Egypt. Interestingly enough, you'll find a lot of Egyptian myth that romanticises and encourages incest (At least amongst the ruling classes) but none that encourages a romantic view of polygamy.
Polygamy arises in any culture where the number of one sex available greatly outnumbers that of the other (Usually the result of warfare or disease). It is usually a matter of arrangement, not romance. Mormonism is an excellent example of this (And a Western one, yet!).
In tribal societies, owning many women can be somewhat akin to owning many horses - a sign of wealth and prestige. Again, it has nothing to do with love or romance. in such societies, women are often bought and sold - and valued at less than a really good horse would be.
You are trying to add love in places it would only rarely have existed at all, I'm afraid.
And you're trying to say that love happens more than rarely in monogamous relationships?