Issue 11.3, August 1996


Essay Excerpt

It is difficult to point to clear and unambiguous cultural universals. Perhaps th closest candidate for this designation has been the nuclear family incest taboo. The issue of its alleged universality hinges on the narrowness or comprehensiveness of its definition and whether well-known ethnographic "exceptions" are excluded as trivial and irrelevant.

From "Full Brother-Sister Marriage in Roman Egyt: Another Look" by Seymour Parker