15 March 2007

How do we deal with incest?

Although incest is taboo in an overwhelming majority of human societies, different countries have taken different approaches to it. The taboo seems to have important biological underpinnings (BBC).

One thing the article doesn't make much mention of is a difference in the definition of incest between different religious traditions. For instance, while cousin marriage is allowed in Islam, the Catholic Church foribids marriages even among second cousins.

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