Drawing upon the rich legacy of theory empirical data and speculation about the origins of the incest taboo this book develops a new explanation for not only the emergence of the taboo in hominid and human evolutionary history but also for the varying strength of the taboo for the incestuous dyads of the nuclear family the different rates . Throughout history humans have been fascinated with incest stories fables literature philosophers church officials and scientists have explored this mysterious topic the taboo is critical to human survival as incest threatens the species and patterns of human social organization. The taboo is critical to human survival as incest threatens the species and patterns of human social organization drawing upon the rich legacy of theory empirical data and speculation about the orig throughout history humans have been fascinated with incest. This chapter examines the anthropological aspects of the prohibition against incest taboo or marriage or sexual relations between certain close relatives in his mid 19th century studying of north american indian tribes lewis henry morgan sometimes called the father of american anthropology accounted for the prohibition of incest by reference to a basic principle of animal breeding
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