This noa relationship is sometimes cited as a proof of the existence of group marriage.
I have already stated my objections to the theory of 'group marriage.'
On the whole therefore I conclude that the pirrauru relation affords absolutely no evidence of a prior stage of group marriage.
Is there behind it an 'undivided commune,' as Mr. Morgan held; is there actual 'group marriage'?
If this is "group marriage" (there is no "group" concerned) there was group marriage in ancient Rome.
By many students this license will be considered a survival of 'group marriage.'
Here we touch Bachofen's fourth great discovery: the widespread form of transition from group marriage to pairing family.
Being thus isolated, Pirrauru cannot claim to be a necessary step in evolution from "group marriage" to "individual marriage."
That is the opinion of believers in "the primary undivided horde," and in "group marriage," or rather "status marriage."
But Mr. Howitt notes other practices which are taken by him to be mere rudimentary survivals of "group marriage."