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Polygyny was widely practiced throughout the region, although the permission of the first wife was required.Divorce existed and could be initiated by either party.Men could have multiple wives (usually two and usually sisters or cousins, ie two women from the same clan).That was another thing Euro-American missionaries complained about all the time.The "volatile" influences of semen / bodily fluids might be a better choice of words--such fluids on their own aren't unclean, but in the wrong contextual mix their influence becomes unpredictable and potential harmful.Dalliances in the fields were blamed for the rise of post-contact epidemics, for example.Register now for free Meet lusty girls for sexual affairs right now!Join us and create your own profile for adult dating in a few clicks!

Cherokee historian James Adair also understood Cherokee women to be allowed the honor of promiscuity, noting that there were no punishments for adulterous women.According to Charles Hudson's 1976 book The Southeastern Indians, drawing from James Mooney's ethnographic work, in general in the region a young man would send his mother's sister to speak to a young woman's mother's sister.The girl's mother's sister would speak to the girl's matrilineage about the idea, often without telling the girl.While some marriages lasted lifetimes, others lasted only weeks.While Perdue doesn't mention it in her book, I wonder if these short-lived marriages are actually a distinct class of "marriages" related to those mentioned in Barbara Mann's (which is focused on the Haudenosaunee and Wendat rather than the Cherokee).

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