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  1. 1.  Polygamy is illegal in the United States and in European countries. However, it is legal --even preferred-- in many countries and in numerous local societies throughout the world.  Why is this the case? Why do some societies accept polygamy and even consider it an ideal, while others forbid it?
  2. 2.  The polygamy term comes from a Greek term which translated is going to mean "often married". This way the polygamy means a marriage which is going to be made with more than two partners.
  3. 3.  The polygamy is a social practice that is not well tolerated in most countries and it's being kept against the law. This term is going to refer most of the time to a type of marriage where there is going to be more than one spouse, but most of the time this is going to mean more than one wife.
  4. 4.  For much time, there were a lot of cultures, societies and civilizations around the world that accepted the polygamy as a normal thing to do, and there were absolutely no problems for a man to have more than one wife and sometimes even women could have more than one husband.
  5. 5.  The polygamy term is often confusing and it is being taken as the meaning of the bigamy term, where you are allowed to have two different and separate marriages at the same time, compared to what polygamy really means: to have multiple spouses living in the exact same household
  6. 6.  Polygyny - in this polygamy situation a man is going to have multiple wives at the same time.  Polyandry - This term is being used for the exact same thing as the polygyny except for the fact that this time the women is going to have at the same time more than one husband  Group Marriages - The group marriages represent a family unit where there are going to be multiple husbands and wives at the same time.
  7. 7.  Under Islamic marital jurisprudence, Muslim men are allowed to practice polygyny under Islam, that is, they can have more than one wife at the same time, up to a total of four. Polyandry, the practice of a woman having more than one husband, by contrast, is not permitted.
  8. 8.  Average life span of females is more than that of males  World female population is more than male population  Restricting each and every man to have only one wife is not practical