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Incest/Inbreeding Taboos - Sibling Marriage And Human Isolates

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There are several reliable examples of human communities where incest and/or close inbreeding have occurred on a regular and systematic basis. These examples include not only the well known cases of royal family incest but also incestuous practices among commoners. This social class distinction is important to note because human sociobiologists have dismissed the many instances of royal incest as exceptional and of no consequence to the debate. Cases involving commoners, where sibling or other incestuous marriages are usual and systematic, strongly challenge sociobiological suggestions that a selection mechanism exists to prevent inbreeding.

One of the more conspicuous examples of incestuous marriage involves the Roman Egyptians of the first three centuries C.E. A great deal of documentary evidence with genealogical information (mostly census records, but also personal letters, marriage contracts and other types of contracts, petitions, and documents addressed to the administrative authorities) has been unearthed and reveals that Egyptian commoners frequently practiced full brother-sister marriage (Scheidel 1996; Middleton 1962). Russel Middleton argues that there is little uncertainty in these documents. "Unlike some of the earlier types of evidence which may be subject to differing interpretations, these documents of a technical character have an 'indisputable precision'" (1962, p. 606).

It is evident that full sibling marriages accounted for 15 to 21 percent of all unions. When considering how many sibling marriages were demographically possible and socially acceptable (i.e., some families would not have children with siblings of the opposite sex that survived to marriageable age; or have children with opposite sexed siblings; or have children with siblings with the customary age differences—Egyptian marriages conventionally occurred between an older man and younger woman), we find that almost all possible brother-sister marriages were, in fact, contracted. This strongly suggests that sibling marriages were not only common but the preferred norm.

The documents also demonstrate that sibling marriages sometimes continued through two and three generations, and that the overwhelming majority of brother-sister marriages produced children. This practice lasted for at least three centuries and ended only when the Romans discouraged the custom by withholding Roman citizenship from persons continuing the practice.

Another example of a brother-sister incest custom is presented by Edward E. Evans-Pritchard when writing about the African Azande. "[W]hen a boy reaches puberty he may take his sister and with her build their little hut near his mother's home and go into it with his sister and lay her down and get on top of her—and they copulate" (1974, p. 107). Middleton (1962, p. 603) also notes that Azande kings married their daughters and that father-daughter incest was common among the Thonga.

Among the Greeks, Keith Hopkins notes that "[t]he Athenians allowed marriage between half-siblings of the same father but different mothers; the Spartans allowed marriage between half-siblings of the same mother and different fathers" (1980, p. 311). The ancient Hebrews permitted a similar practice as noted in the Old Testament by Abraham's marriage to his half-sister Sara.

John M. Goggin and William C. Sturtevant (1964) list eight other societies that allowed sibling marriage among commoners as well as thirty-five societies that allow sibling marriage between persons of high status.

In addition to cases of sibling marriage, there is abundant evidence of close inbreeding provided by human isolates—small isolated communities where the degree of inbreeding is determined by the size, extent, and length of isolation of the population (Leavitt 1990). These small isolated communities were numerous in the past and represent the norm for preagricultural Paleolithic societies.

A well-documented illustration of a human isolate is the Samaritans of the Middle East. From about 200 B.C.E., when the Samaritans broke completely from Jewish society, until the twentieth century, the Samaritan population declined dramatically (largely due to persecution by more powerful neighbors). At the end of World War II, the Samaritan population numbered 146 individuals, and this population had remained relatively stable for 100 years. By the 1980s, however, the population had increased and the Samaritans consisted of two communities of about 250 individuals (Bonne-Tamir 1980; Jamieson 1982; Talmon 1977).

Inbreeding in the Samaritan communities has been intense, not only because of their small population, but because of three other well established customs. First, Samaritan religion prohibits marriage with individuals outside of their faith. Second, the Samaritans limit their marriages to extended family lineages. Third, they prefer cousin marriage. Batsheva Bonne-Tamir (1980) has observed that nearly 85 percent of all Samaritan marriages are between first and second cousins. However, over a long period of time, the Samaritans have revealed neither a higher rate of genetic disease nor lower fertility than other populations.


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almost 5 years ago

My sister and I are four years apart, me being the oldest. We experimented when we were young and ingaged in intercourse once. When my parents found out it nearly ripped the family apart. My sister since has had four divorces and I one. About a year ago we reconciled and talked about what happened when we were young. We found that by never talking we both assumed the wrong thing. We both thought the other was hated because of what happened. We have since fallen deeply in love and are making plans for our future. I have loved her since I can remember and would do anything to insure her happiness. We are in our fourties and three of her four children are on our side. The two of us have never been happier. It would be nice to not have to live a double life though. Society is so judgemental and critical of others. I will always love, nurture and care for my sister and that is that.

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over 5 years ago

I don't think incest is bad. As long as it is happening between those who are legal and consenting and there is no manipulation or intimidation, etc. happening then I fail to see the harm. Just because it may seem "disgusting" to someone doesn't make it wrong.

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over 3 years ago

Anne- Most of theses articles above refer to people of marrying age. So clearly they ar all old enough to make their own desicions. There fore it would not be consider anywhere near rape! It is mutually consensual in most of theses examples. Wow! Could we get anyone with a more narrow mind please? If it bothers you dont pay attention to it. Its is really none of your business what anyone does with their life on their own time anyways. And really I havent heard one actually good reason for someone to not be allowed to have sex with whomever they like. Other than it seems to just be "icky" for most of you. Are you serious about the God thing too? Wow! Who's really the "Crazy" ones here? It seems like this sexual preferance has been going on since the beginning of time. It has always been a touchy subject, and its's still happening to this day so???? Who's to say what is right and wrong? Why cant anyone just sit back and let everyone live their own lives? Not everyone's judgement is out of whack you know. And I doubt anyone one elected you to be the one whom decides that for everyone else.

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over 5 years ago

I love how shebl mentioned God. It is clear, if we accept the story of adam and eve as true, that in order for us to proliferate throughout the world we would have had no choice but to have incest. God never complained either.

You obviously never read your book.

And bringing up God is like me bringing up the Spaghetti monster as a counter argument to whatever it is I disagree with. Its irrelevant due to the imperceptibility of the being in which you claim.

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over 3 years ago

me and my sister dont see any thing wrong with incest and inbreeding we have 1 son and going to have more and we dont care what any one else thinks.this is our life and we are living it our way...

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about 3 years ago

this note written by to Dr Laura pretty much sums up my thoughts on christianity, there are probably a few others that whole heartedly agree with me,

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Now I will go wait by a stone pile for an honest christian to stop by.... I could be there a while, probably an eternity!

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over 5 years ago

Allan and Jason, you're both a couple of wack jobs and if you're so lame and have so little game that you need to sleep with your sisters then I feel sickened, almost to point of vomiting by you both. Your parents must be so proud. But then again, they're probably the one's who taught you this vile behavior. By the way, I'm not a Christian wacko or otherwise. Just a regular cat who thinks incest is a depraved act performed by loathsome individuals.

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over 4 years ago

Dear Bob, I for one wish you all the happiness in the world. What ever anyone else says after this point is unimportant and only opinion. Nothing matters except you and your sister. Someone will always be there to put you down its natural. I for one wish you all the happiness in the world. Nothing else matters PERIOD.

God bless you and keep you both safe and happy. I say GOD because he will always love us and want us to be loved and happy. After all LOVE is above all else. BE HAPPY!

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over 5 years ago

This is not only sick its also not the way GOD told us to be. God has created many men and women for a reason, to chose a husband /wife and creat a family, not create a family within your own family (eg; daughter/father sex) People need to get back and read the true words of GOD, and fear His punishment for what they have done. This is what happens when people forget the words of God, they start believing the worst unthinkable taboos are norms.This is a sign, the world really is comming to an end!

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about 6 years ago

If you people haven't noticed, the article didn't even mention the problems with inbreeding! the infringements of human rights of having sex with children, the huge damage that is emotionally - the sick babies! Having sex with a minor is the worst thing you can do to them. . and I speak form experience, having been raped for several years of my childhood. Just because other people got away with it for any reason doesn't mean it's okay!

Karen, you've been raping your brother before he even his puberty. I can't imagine what the hell makes you think this is alright, he's not even of legal age YET. I wonder how your parents feel about this? maybe you should run it past them. Hopefully they will end your life.

and george. . how old are your daughters? How long have you been having sex with them? Who's to say they want your child? As their father, you have authority over them, and you are abusing your daughters terribly, and should they ever want to kill you, I would be happy to give them a hand.

I think you lot should pick up a copy of "The courage to heal" and then castrate yourselves.

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over 2 years ago

of human rights of having sex with children, the huge damage that is emotionally - the sick babies! Having sex with a minor is the worst thing you can do to them. . and I speak form experience, having been raped for several years of my childhood. Just because other people got away with it for any reason doesn't mean it's okay!

Karen, you've been raping your brother before he even his puberty. I can't imagine what the hell makes you think this is alright, he's not even of legal age YET. I wonder how your parents feel about this? maybe you should run it past them. Hopefully they will end your life.

and george. . how old are your daughters? How long have you been having sex with them? Who's to say they want your child? As their father, you have authority over them, and you are abusing your daughters terribly, and should they ever want to kill you, I would be happy to give them a hand.

I think you lot should pick up a copy of "The courage to heal" and then castrate yourselves.

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over 3 years ago

After reading some of these mailings, I know even more profoundly just how lost we are apart from Jesus. A demon-controlled mind is a truly deformed one and its owner will surely perish.I implore all you lost souls that think with your gonads: be reconciled to Almighty God and repent so that you can become a new creation in Christ, and an asset to humanity.

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over 4 years ago

I just read all the comments. It is very interesting to note that in all the comments against incest there is a heavy tone (i.e. disgust, hate, desire of killing, etc). Thus all the individuals who commented against incest have shown a violent attitude or psycho-abnormal, while those who accept incest have shown a sweet tone (i.e. love, care, etc).

All of you think about ... and make the conclusions!!

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over 4 years ago

incest and inbreeding is the most disgusting thing you can do. And to have children while in one of these deplorable relationships is just omg i just find it incomprehensible how you can live with yourself?

not only do these poor children have grow up being confused with the whole situation and they have to live with the shame. MY ADVICE do these children a favor and have an ABORTION. if you dont they go on to become people like britney spears and george bush. just a few of the disgraces to humanity.

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over 3 years ago

I have a sexual relationship with my half brother and its awesome! Better than any other relationship Iv ever had. Also not everyone is looking to concieve from these relationships......

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over 3 years ago

When you consider the facts that people can become genetically mutated through inbreeding one wonders why people get defensive over their "family" love. Genetic mutations are apparent in families who practice incest. By the way, when children are involved in incest, it isn't called incest any longer, it's called rape, and shouldn't be "prettied" up just to cover up. The consequences of inbreeding can be tremendous. The emotional scars left behind after such behavior of adults to the children that are produced from such "relationships" can be horrific. Logically, one would assume that if they "love" each other then they would think about the child. The reason people hide inbreeding is because it is not acceptable to the whole of society.

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over 4 years ago

I'm writing a novel about brother-sister incest. It's going to be a sweet and loving romance novel about the two growing up and coping with their feelings for one another. Be sure to look for it when it comes out- I'm still working on a title, but the main symbol used will be a tomato plant, which I intend to work into the cover art.
My name is Sarah, and I hope that someday, men will not be sentenced to serve in jail because they had children with the one they love.

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over 4 years ago

Uh just to let you guys all know, I'm really shocked that no one picked up the satire in at least the 2nd from the bottom post by "george".

The email is gbush @ WHITEHOUSE dot gov. RING A BELL ANYONE?

At least that post, out of the first three which sparked this whole dialogue on incest, is a joke aimed at George W. Bush who DOES happen to have two daughters.

I can't say if the other two out of the three are jokes or not either but I wouldn't be surprised if they were posted by trolls to illicit the more "verbosely violent" posts that followed.

That said, the dialogue on incest (with overlap on the Bible & God) has been an interesting read although I completely disagree with the person who stated that incest is as bad as gay sex. Get your homophobic attitude out of here and everywhere else!

Anyways, the best post in this thread has to be the one by getitright who points out that the off-spring of incestuous intercourse will have a lot of problems to deal with in being accepted by society and that real loving parents would be selfless, ergo please wear a condom if you're going to engage in consensual incestuous intercourse. You don't need to bring any children into this world who have to deal with all that baggage right off the bat after being born. I'd say the same for any teenage couple (who very likely wouldn't be financially or mentally able to raise a child who won't have scars growing up) or couple who just plain shouldn't have children for any number of reasons.

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over 4 years ago

Corrected,
that's because incest is against the Bible. its written pretty clearly. however, lot's daughters had completely good intentions and that' why King David is a descendant of one of the product's of this-- the son Moab. Lot knew that there were more people left in the world but his daughter's thought there were only 3 left so they were repopulating the world, according to them at least.

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about 5 years ago

Christians: if you truly believe in God & the bible it follows that you believe that God is all powerful & omniscient. He knows what is best for us and provides for it. Don't you think that if he disapproved of incest, that he would have created a society on non-genetically related individuals who could then populate the earth without incest? Usually, we don't choose who we fall in love with. We do choose how we act, however. There are tons of people out there who have sex with people they don't even love. Is that wrong, just because they are not having sex with a genetically related individual? Who are you to judge what is right and wrong in God's eyes? You bible readers should know that JUDGING is NOT UP TO YOU - DUH !!! just shut up, live and let live. And no one here who approves of incest is talking about the rape kind. I wish society would stop making these moral evaluations. Spend your time trying to make the world better.

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about 5 years ago

My view and thoughts are that the reason for allowing so many Migrants into the UK seemingly unchecked is deliberate policy to change the Nations blood line, hopefully for the better. Think about it, the powers that be are far better informed than the general public and they are far from stupid and just thinking positively about the UK's future

I think the chief medical officers for the UK have probably pointed out Health Facts and statistics showing that as an Island we are too closely inter bred and it is causing VERY SERIOUS LARGE NUMBERS of AVOIDABLE medical problems

I very much doubt that anyone is going to admit to it but it will come out eventually under the Freedom of Information route

Well that is my view! Did you ever once think along those lines !!!

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over 5 years ago

To Karen, John, & George: I hope all of you end up in a mental hospital because you need professional help. . Reality bites because the world has gone corrupted… sorry for being blunt, but truth hurts

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almost 6 years ago

hey hiroko where did the word rape come in ?

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almost 6 years ago

Absolutely disgusting. anyone who does this should go and off themselves. i would help.

disgusting. just reading about this has traumatized me.

anyone who participates in the RAPE of a sibling is sick. psycho. PSYCHO.

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about 6 years ago

i was 16 when i tip toe into my brother bed room one night got in bed with him i was nude he was only 9 year old i had to tell him what to do.

4 year later i'm now pregnant with our first child i am so happy about

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over 3 years ago

my girl friend is a child out of incest. this is known to only 5 people of which only 2 are still alive i.e me and her. i wanted our relationship to be legalised into marriage. BUT am really puzzled. She just learnt of it only 3 days ago through the dreams she had. In these dreams she was surprise to be told by her deceased grandmother that her uncle was her real biological father. In the same night encounter she also heard it from her deceased uncle. In both encounters she even touched the relatives in question. To comfirm it all in the evening of that day received communication from her late mum that the so said above was true. This was in a typed sms in my local language (in which my girlfriend has never communicated fully) from her phone but signed by her mother. Please advise. thanks says Robyn, Entebbe Uganda.

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over 5 years ago

I was just curious because I watched an episode of my Redneck wedding and I could not believe what I was seeing and hearing. This is crazy! With all the men and women in the world, how could anyone fall in love with their brother of sister? Much less marry them and sleep with them. I just can't see it. It is disgusting. Yet it has been going on for an awful long time.

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about 6 years ago

the first time i sex with my sister i was 17 year old my sister was 11 year old today we are adult we still have sex. we have 2 kids 1 girl 5 year old 1 boy 2 year old we don't care what people think it what we think.we each love the other one

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about 4 years ago

You must be inbred for thinking it is okay to sleep with family and thinkig that there is not a god. the inbreeding must have fried your brain THERE IS A GOD and he loves you.

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almost 5 years ago

wow i m now not afraid i am still having sex with my elder sister and now she is pregnant.we love each other

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about 6 years ago

i frequently had sex with my mother when i was younger and i now frequently have sex with my two lovely daughters. now after reading this article, i am no longer afraid if one of my daughters gets pregnant.

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over 5 years ago

Why not? It is a thrill like no other. And, if a child results... The more the merrier!!!

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about 1 year ago

i wanna marry my sister as we used to have sex from last 5 years,,, incest in good

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over 2 years ago

The Article is well balanced really. But now a days 80% mothers easily agree for safe sex with consenting adult sons. They may not openly admit it but honestly they like it and do it secretly. I personally find nothing wrong in incest if both are consenting adults. More after hearing from you and from like-minded persons.Incest amongst educated adults of understanding also act as a safety measure to be protected from Aids.

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about 4 years ago

Every single human being on the planet is related, as are all creatures on earth. FACT. If you cant see that, then enjoy the non exsistant afterlife. LIFE IS NOW. not yesterday not tomorrow. THIS IS YOUR HOUR/MINUTE/SECOND
There is no almighty god/allah/whatever.

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about 4 years ago

ergo please wear a condom if you're going to engage in consensual incestuous intercourse. You don't need to bring any children into this world who have to deal with all that baggage right off the bat after being born. I'd say the same for any teenage couple (who very likely wouldn't be financially or mentally able to raise a child who won't have scars growing up) or couple who just plain shouldn't have children for any number of reasons.

(who very likely wouldn't be financially or mentally able to raise a child who won't have scars growing up)

And why would these people not be financially or mentally able to raise a child?

You need to get a hold of your own perceptions before you judge everyone by your own. What you perceive does not mean YOU are right.

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over 4 years ago

Jason chew on this...Lot and his daughters - you apparently need to re-read scripture. For the record Lot's daughters had to get him drunk and sneak into bed with him to achieve this. If this was acceptable why did he have to be drunk and why were they sneaky about it? Nobody else was there but the three of them.

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over 5 years ago

Right on Iris!

I do not see any problem practicing safe sex with consenting siblings of similar age for recreational purposes.

I live MY live the way I want to and NOT the way society tells me too.



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9 months ago

What is the difference that makes us human and totally differentiate us from animal? There is no animal that is even remotely close to a human. Why? What are we doing different or not doing at all. No one knows how we came to know about it too. What is it?

It is called inbreeding or incest. We human generally don't inbreed. Animals do. That is why they are animal and we are human. For human inbreeding is a taboo. The truth is we don't know how we human came to know about it. We have been cultured in such a way that inbreeding or incest is unacceptable for a very long time. This is even before emergence of most or all religions. Today we react to it as an despicable act of indecency and human order. It is found in most religions. This has nothing to do with religion. It is scientifically found and documented that inbreeding or incest is bad especially for our thought and behavior.

Why Rome fell? Romans believed that they are specially selected and destined by god to be the superior class to rule the world. So they don't want to spill their beans. Romans don't let a child live if it had a Roman father and non Roman mother. The evidence is that a lot of very young children bones were found in brothels in Rome.

The Roman royal families to protect their positions within their close family members allowed inbreeding or incest. You can clearly see the brother caressing the sister in the movie "The Gladiators". So inbreeding and incest had turned the rulers of Rome to behave like animal and that was the root of the fall of Rome and the Romans. How bad could it be with the saying of Emperor Nero "The emperor who played the fiddle when Rome burned".

Please take this seriously. In incest if there is no offspring than it will not be that bad. Having children in incest is the root to the fall of the human. It will not happen in one or two generations but after several ten or hundred generation. Our human race survived so far due to that inbreeding and incest is very limited. Even in the limited cases it was not continuous for many generations.

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over 2 years ago

it is good theory

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almost 4 years ago

A good example of modern day incest is the British royal familyk, where generations of first coursin marriages have been conducted.
That apart: with the advent of STD's, many young people regard sex with someone with an unknown sex history as high risk. Besides, safe and reliable contraceptives eliminates the risk of an unwanted pregnancy and the negative aspects of inbreeding. Sex is no longer pracatised by humans nowadays mainly for procreation; instead, it is practised for recreation, mutual satisfaction, and enjoyment between two consensual individuals. More and more youngsters regard consensual sex practised between for e.g. siblings as acceptable, provided all precautions are taken to eliminate an unwanted pregnancy. Interesting enough: the anti-incest laws were scrapped in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and some Scandinavian countries some 200 years ago. For many siblings having consensual sex is no big deal.

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over 4 years ago

As a declared bible-banger and Christian follower let me remind the hater-ade consuming atheists that the Old Testament is filth and should not be quoted or considered acceptable. Jesus came (aka the New Testament) as our ransom for our wrongdoings. Jesus then led a healing ministry and set a precedence (example) of how we should conduct ourselves. God punished the world many many times for the sins and corruption of humans in the Old Testament.



Furthermore Adam and Eve's children did NOT commit incest. It is clear in Genesis that Cain left the garden of Eden and found a wife. It is an assumption that incest occured. Entertain the idea there were other people.



IMO more importantly than biblical teachings or biblical immorality are the social consequences. Incest is NOT socially acceptable and perception is that its socially immoral. If you insist, the consequences are yours alone to bear as long as you're all of age and consensual. But should a child who cannot choose be born? Consider this...does your personal agenda and selfishness supercede the judgment and criticism society will place upon your incestuous off-spring? Loving parents are selfless not selfish. Do the unborn a favor and if you really love each other - wear a cover.

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over 4 years ago

I have never agreed with the cousin incest taboo. It is accepted in so many countries. As for other types of incest being taboo, I think relatives of different generations should not be involved, because the older one always has a sense of authority and can manipulate the younger person. It's not an equal relationship. Both people should be about the same age and over the age of consent. As for children, birth defects occur, regardless of how closely the two of you are related. It's no big deal.

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over 5 years ago

Inscetuous sex is as good as gay sex,. meaning: "HORRIBLY DISGUSTING".



I don't know how many had inscetuous sex without knowing it so far(yes, this happens a lot) and I warn you from sperm donation and adoption cause it causes inscetuous sex.



All of you inscetuous sex makers are sick and deserve to be shot in the head, specially the ones who rape then make it sound easy to the ones they rape.



John: You don't deserve your name you disgust, I hope I know you personally and know that this is you

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over 5 years ago

I have no problems with consenting adults having incestuous relationships.

If you can find a trusted doctor, do some type of genetic counseling before having children. New technologies may even permit repair of damaged genes and prevent deformities.

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over 5 years ago

It's hilarious how hateful and vengeful the comments are from the 'christian' and other relgious wackos who are against incest. Read your bibles (Lot and his two daughters).

Incest is the best form of love there is as long as it's mutually desired and consenting. Granted, there are abuses in incestuous relationships, but there also abuses in adult, monogamous, non-incestuous unions as well.

Just because your father was a drunken brute that raped you and beat you on a regular basis every night doesn't mean that's the standard for incestuous relationships anymore than some women who was beaten by her husband is a standard for marriage.

If you were traumatized by incest or abuse, then by all means, seek help and get past your rage and murderous lust for revenge against others who practice incest positively and lovingly.

Sincerely,

A happy and incestuous Atheist.

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over 5 years ago

I was raised in a baptist christian home and I normally don't bring christian values into anything because most people get offended but this needs to be said. The only reason Adam & Eve's children had to sleep with each other was because they were the first of their kind. In order to populate the earth it had to be done. But now there are billions of people on this earth, why do you have to sleep with your sister or brother or children. It not only mentally gives them the wrong idea about sex it can scar them for life. I think the people who do this are selfish and cowardly. Your too much of a coward to go out and find someone so you take advantage of someone who can't fight back or make a decision of thier own.



As far as all of you go who think that incest is a good thing to do. Each and everyone of you that mentioned it each have either had sex with someone MUCH older than you or MUCH younger. Like Karen how dare you justify what you did your brother he was 9 years old at the time. It had no concept of sex and what it meant.

George you had sex with your MOM. What the hell is that about? And now your scaring your children the same way. What your mother did to you is not good and what your doing to your daughters is even worse.



And John it's really not about society and who accepts you and your sister or not. It's about moral principles. Why is it so important for you to sleep with your sister? There is no else that you attracted to? Are you afraid that no one will love you like your family?



Well if you do feel that way no one will love like your family does. But if you find the right one they'll love you far more than you could ever imagine.