International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Mexico 1521-1555: Institutional Monogamy, Royal Polygamy. Cultural Frictions Regarding Marriage
María Elvira Buelna Serrano, Lucino Gutiérrez Herrera, Santiago Ávila Sandoval

This paper discusses the differences between rules and practices regarding the marriage during the Spanish Conquest, 1521-1555. In this period, monogamy was imposed by the new power structures. However, in practice illegal male polygamy was accepted while monogamy was established for women and for the vanquished, who were stigmatized from Christian conceptions and regulations.

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