Lubbock in his "Origin of Civilization" recognized this "communal marriage" as a historical fact.
Obviously this pretty term does not spring from 'communal marriage.'
A baby points to any man or woman and says 'pa' or 'ma,' without any theory of communal marriage.
Let us do so, and the evidence borne by these terms to a past of communal marriage vanishes at once.
He asserts that communal marriage is purely the outgrowth of imagination, and in so doing falls far behind Bachofen.
However I take it to be that, originally,'very small communities' ('tribes') lived in 'communal marriage.'