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Western world convention dictates primarily through religious teachings that a marriage should be comprised of one male and one female Polygamy is legal in some countries under Islamic law and in some African nations Based upon their religious and cultural foundations the system of polygamist marriages has stood successfully for centuries in those countries In Western culture there have been attempts to establish polygamist groups primarily based upon differing religious viewpoints however most of these have not been able to withstand the pressure applied by the religious and cultural majority If one wants to live and prosper in a given society it is not advantageous to swim too hard against the current In the movie Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands while it ends with the three main characters living together happily ever after it is in a spiritual sense that they do so rather than an actual polygamist relationship Dona Flors first husbands spirit remains with her during her second marriage to fill something lacking in her new relationship In a sense we all do this in our relationships A bit of the essence of our past loves remains with us throughout our lives filling whatever voids may be present in our current relationships The only time I could see that as being a problem is when in the current relationship the voids outweigh the fulfillment and we put more emphasis on the ghost rather than the actual current relationship In the film after Flor married the intelligent but inexperienced and unexciting Doctor she came to miss the passion and excitement from her first marriage Her void which she suffered silently was filled by the presence of her ex-husbands ghost which provided her with the passion and excitement she so desperately needed Dona Flor wanted different things from each of her husbands From Vadinho she wanted passion and excitement It did not matter to her that he was an
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