Polygamy and South Africa

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Under the right circumstances polygamy can work. Unfortunately a majority of the time a polygamist relationship has to many issues to be considered a healthy relationship . Polygamy is the condition or practice of having more than one spouse at a time, also known as plural marriage. Polygamy has been practiced through out history in different cultures and religions which include, the Mormons and Muslims. Even the current President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is a polygamist who has at least eighteen children from four different wives and various girlfriend’s.. ` “plural marriage, or polygamy was a nineteenth-century Church of Latter Day Saints practice of having more than one wife, also known as polygyny. Even though polygamy had been practiced for much of history to do so in “enlightened” America in the nineteenth century was viewed as incomprehensible and unacceptable” (Bachman, Esplin). Polygamy started in America in the nineteenth century when the prophet Joseph Smith was studying the bible and came to the conclusion that many revered prophets and the patriarchs of old were in fact polygamists and thus if god permitted it why couldn’t a man have more that one wife without it being considered adultery. Lorenzo Snow, an acquaintance of Joseph Smith, remembered a conversation in 1843 in which the prophet described the battle he waged. “He knew the voice of god - he knew the commandment of the almighty to him was to go forward - to set the example and establish celestial plural marriage. He knew that not only did he have his own prejudices and pre-possessions to combat and to overcome, but those of the whole Christian world…but god…had given the commandment” [The Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Smith, pp 69-70 (Salt Lake City, 1884) (Bachman, Esplin)]. Although polygamy is frowned upon, it is still practiced today by a small percentage of Mormons the majority of whom reside...
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