Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fact of the Day: Close Cousins

While the marrying of two first cousins has been around in human history for a very long time, it has declined greatly since the 20th century. Despite that, it's estimated at least ten percent of the world's married couples are 2nd cousins or closer. 

14 comments:

  1. No kidding? 10%? Wasn’t Darwin married to his first cousin as well?

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  2. Damn, that is a high stat. But I guess wants to be kept all in the family.

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  3. Wow! I never would have guessed that still happens. Hugs...RO

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  4. That's interesting! Wonder if it happens when people go to family reunions looking for a date? lol

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  5. Yes this still happens and some people don't even realize it until they look back through the family trees...especially for those still living in the areas where they were raised.

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  6. Look no further than royalty.

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  7. I've got a bud that married a second cousin.

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  8. I suspect that that 10% is very unevenly distributed globally. Some cultures are much more open to close-cousin marriages than others. For one thing, in traditional societies where people have concrete social obligations to relatives (including relatives by marriage), it keeps the web of obligations simpler and less demanding.

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  9. My grandaunt married a second or third cousin. She married in her 50s so didn't have to worry about having children with 17 toes and fingers. :-)

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  10. Not sure how I feel about this statistic...

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