Woman's Evolution
from matriarchal clan to
patriarchal family

an excerpt...

Evelyn Reed's book has three parts:
Part I. The Matriarchy
Part II. The Fratriarchy
Part III. The Patriarchy

Evelyn Reed describes the beginnings of marriage in Part II. The Fratriarchy. This part traces society relationships that moved from women dominated groups to the sister-brother association. Patriarchy didn't happen overnight. Apparently brothers discovered some power in the communities. Men made liaisons which may or may not have been monogamous but couples did not live together continuously.

The book is out of print. Here are Pages 308 through 318.

Chapter 10 describes "The Beginnings of Marriage" and I chose a few pages under the heading: Marriage by Mother-in-law where Bachofen points out that the archaic Latin-based term for marriage indicates its matriarchal origin:

References cited in these pages

Bachofen, J. J. Myth, Religion and Mother Right, tr. by Ralph Manheim, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1967.

Benedict, Ruth. Patterns of Culture. New York: New American Library, 1961.

Briffault, Robert. The Mothers: A Study of the Origins of Sentiments and Institutions. 3 vols. New York: Macmillan; London: Allen and Unwin; 1952 (1927).

Briffault, Robert. The Mothers: The Matriarchal Theory of Social Origins [abridged ed. in 1 vol.]. New York: Macmillan, 1931.

Crawly, Ernest. The Mystic Rose [2 vols. in 1]. New York: Meridian, 1960 (1902).

Diamond, A. S. Primitive Law. London: Longmans Green, 1935.

Fortune, R. F. Sorcerers of Dobu: The Social Anthropology of the Dobu Islanders of the Western Pacific. New York: Dutton, 1963 (1932).

Lippert, Julius. The Evolution of Culture. New York: Macmillan, 1931 (1886).

Malinowski, Bronislaw. Argonauts of the Western Pacific. New York: Dutton, 1961 (1922).

Malinowski, Bronislaw. The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia. New York: Harcourt, Brace. 1929.

Thomas, W. I. Sex and Society: Studies in the Social Psychology of Sex. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1907.

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