Widow inheritance
Widow inheritance, also known as bride inheritance, is a type of marriage in which a widow marries a kinsman of her late husband, often his brother.
It can have various forms and functions in different cultures, serving in relative proportions as a social protection for, and control over, the widow and her children. She may have the right to require her late husband's extended family to provide her with a new man, or conversely she might have the obligation to accept the man put forward by the family, with no real prospect of turning him down, if her birth family will not accept her back into their home.
The custom is sometimes justified on the basis that it ensures that the wealth does not leave the patrilineal family. It is also sometimes justified as a protection for the widow and her children.
A form of widow inheritance existed in ancient Judaism, where it is known as levirate marriage (see yibbum). It is known in India. It is common in certain African groups, for example the Luo in Kenya and Uganda around Lake Victoria.

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Widow inheritance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Widow inheritance, also known as bride inheritance, is a cultural and social practice whereby a widow is required to marry a kinsman of her late husband, often ...
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washingtonpost.com: African Lives
Here in western Kenya, the custom known as wife inheritance once held an honorable promise: A community would take care of a widow and her children.
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allAfrica.com: Tanzania: Why Wife Inheritance Should Be Discouraged
Jan 12, 2014 ... Widow inheritance, also known as bride inheritance, is a type of marriage in which a widow marries a kinsman of her late husband, often his ...
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Luo Wife Inheritance - SourceWatch
Jun 11, 2012 ... Luo Wife Inheritance is a custom practiced by the Luo people of western Kenya. In this practice, "if a man dies, one of his brothers or close ...
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IRIN Africa | KENYA: Protecting widows from dangerous customs ...
The ethnic Luo community of western Kenya has followed the practice known as wife inheritance for generations. However, as HIV has taken a grip on the ...
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Transformations in widow inheritance practices: The case of ... - OECD
Transformations in Widow inheritance practices: The case of Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania. Stella Nyanzi (PhD). Law, Gender and Sexuality Research Project,.
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Uganda, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire - The situation of widows - IFAD
THEME: Inheritance practices can increase food insecurity among widows and ... In Uganda, for instance, when there is no will, a widow is allowed only 25% of ...
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Widow Inheritance Or Levirate Marriage - Online Nigeria
Widow inheritance Or Levirate Marriage. On the death of a man his widow may become a wife of his brother or other close relative. The new relationship ...
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Wife inheritance and the AIDS epidemic in Africa - Learn NC
Wife inheritance and the AIDS epidemic in Africa. When an African man dies, it is the responsibility of his brother to inherit his widow. This has become a key ...
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Widow Inheritance among the Maragoli of Western Kenya - jstor
I examine continuity and change in the practice of Widow inheritance among the ... study show that although Widow inheritance still obtains among the Maragoli, ...
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[PDF]Inherited Human Traits: A Quick Reference - Learn Genetics
2008 University of Utah. This activity was downloaded from: http://learn.genetics. utah.edu. Inherited ... Figure 1: Inheritance Patterns of the Widow's Peak Trait.
Widow Inheritance and HIV Prevalence in Bondo District, Kenya ...
Nov 17, 2010 ... Background. Widow inheritance is a widespread cultural practice in sub-Saharan Africa that has been postulated as contributing to risk of HIV ...
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Lecturer Narok University College ... paper maintains that the practice of Widow inheritance among the Luo community in Kenya should be reexamined.
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3 Perception on Widow inheritance .... Nairobi: University of Nairobi Press. ... Okeyo TM, Allen AK., "Influence of Widow inheritance on the epidemiology of AIDS ...
Myths of Human Genetics: Introduction - University of Delaware
Oct 29, 2012 ... Most of the visible traits used to demonstrate human genetics, such as ... Widow's peak ... I don't think this is a good way to teach genetics.
Levirate marriage amongst the Hebrews and widow's inheritance ...
Levirate marriage amongst the Hebrews and widow's inheritance amongst the Yoruba: ... Department of Religious Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.
Widow inheritance and HIV/AIDS in rural Uganda | Lund University
Widow inheritance and HIV/AIDS in rural Uganda. Author: E. D. Mabumba; P. Mugyenyi; V. Batwala; E. M. Mulogo; J Mirembe; Farhad Khan; J Lilijestrand ...
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Inheritance and Wealth in America
Robert K. Miller Jr., Stephen J. McNamee, 1998
When a husband made a limited bequest, restricting a widow's inheritance to the duration of her children's minority or her widowhood, it both recognized her ability to run a farm or business and the husband's assumption that her appropriate ...
Kenya, Double Standards: Women's Property Rights Violations ...
Janet Walsh, LaShawn R. Jefferson, Joseph Saunders, 2003
Wife Inheritance and Ritual Cleansing The customary practices of wife inheritance and ritual cleansing continue in parts of Kenya with some permutations.44 The original practice of wife inheritance (known as ter in the Dholuo language ...
The Thirteenth Widow
The Thirteenth Widow
Joseph R Alila, 2009
Dr. Joseph R. Alila was born in 1956 in Ndhiwa, Kenya. He is a well traveled teacher and scientist. He currently writes from Schenectady New York, where he lives with his wife Mary and children and grandchildren. "THE THIRTEENTH WIDOW" is JR Alila's eighth novel, coming soon after THE LUO DREAMERS' ODYSSEY, NOT ON MY SKIN, WHISP...
Widows in African Societies: Choices and Constraints
Betty Potash
Beti Widow inheritance and Marriage Law: A Social History JANE I. GUYER Like Many other African peoples, the precolonial Beti required that a widow be inherited by her deceased husband's kinsman. In early kinship studies this practice ...
The Inheritance (.)
The Inheritance (.)
Joan Johnston, 2011
Daisy knew that someday, somehow, she would pay for wanting what no proper woman wanted…The ravishing Duchess Daisy vowed to save Severn Manor by marrying Nicholas Calloway, a Texas bounty hunter come to claim his family’s ancestral lands. But the moment they met, the slate eyed barbarian took Daisy’s breath away. She proposed a marriage of conveni...
The Boleyn Inheritance
Philippa Gregory, 2008
Lady-in-waiting Jane Boleyn, the only survivor of the ambitious Boleyn family, testifies against Henry VIII's latest queen, Anne of Cleves, and conspires to place her young cousin, Katherine Howard, on the throne.
Scarlet Woman (Arabesque)
Scarlet Woman (Arabesque)
Gwynne Forster, 2009
Out of deep affection and loneliness, schoolteacher Melinda Rodgers married a wealthy older man. Now a widow at twenty-nine, she is stunned to learn that his will requires her to set up a foundation and remarry within the year--or lose her inheritance to a charity of Blake Hunter's choice. a charity of Blake Hunter s choice.As executor of the ...
Gender and Economic Growth in Uganda: Unleashing the Power ...
Amanda Ellis, Claire Manuel, C. Mark Blackden, 2005
Under customary law, widows are to be taken care of by their husband's relatives (including through the practice of Widow inheritance, the inheritance of the widow and her children by the brother of the deceased husband), but in practice it is ...
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effects of wife inheritance | Melowsinzore's Blog
KENYA: Protecting widows from dangerous customs The ethnic Luo community of western Kenya has followed the practice known as wife inheritance for generations. However, as HIV has taken a grip on the community, the coercion of widows like Atieno into new relationships has unwittingly helped spread the virus. Nyanza Province, on the shores of Lake…
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Nepalese Widows Struggle for Inheritance Rights | World Policy Institute
By Heather Ibrahim-Leathers and Kayla Tsongas
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Cremelawyer's Blog: WIDOW & INHERITANCE
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Widow’s inheritance claim fails despite “merits” - Marilyn Stowe Blog
A window in her 80s has failed in her attempt to bring a claim against her husband’s estate, despite a High Court judge acknowledging that her case had “
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Widow inheritance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Can a Husband or Wife Inherit After a Divorce in Texas?
Does a spouse inherit after a divorce?
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What Is A Widow's Election? - www.InheritanceLaws.Info
 The doctrine of a widow’s election is based on the principle that a person may not take benefits under a will and, at the same time, set up a right or claim of his own, even if well founded, which would defeat or in any way prevent the full effect and operation of every part of the will. A beneficiary under a will is put to an election only where the will expresses the testator’s purpose to dispose of the beneficiary’s property in such clear and unequivocal language that the will is open to no other construction.
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Inheritance Rights | Nolo.com
Your closest relatives may have a right to claim part of your estate.
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