Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Religious Education

First Advisor

G. H Colliver


The family may be defined as a group of interacting personalities of neer tie or blood-kin; namely, husband, wife, children, and may include grand parents.The origin of the family is not clear, since we find marriage in a rather highly developed form among the most primitive tribes. The family has taken on different forms in various places and under varying circumstances. Perhaps monogamy, the union of one man and one woman, is the most prevalent fore of marriage, not only in the United States but among all peoples and in all ages. Polygyny, the union of one man with several women, is not uncommon. Although it is not permitted in the United States, it is practiced in certain societies but confined largely to the wealthy. Polyandry, the union of one woman with several men, is not so common a form of marriage; however, it may be found in Tibet and among some of the mountain tribes of India.



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