Society portal Feminism portal. Journal of Cuneiform Studies. Schuster, E. Enslaved families were often broken up and wives, husbands, and children sold to separate buyers, often never to see each other again, and a threat to sell a wife was used to keep an enslaved husband under a master's discipline. Ingersoll, Robert G. Hawaiian Journal of History. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society. Jackson, F. Onlookers shouted as he auctioned her off to the highest bidder, William Harwood. Although the custom had no basis in law and frequently resulted in prosecution, particularly from the midth century onwards, the attitude of the authorities was equivocal.
Oddly enough, the sales took on the form of cattle auctions of the time. Oxford Studies in African Affairs. In Tokugawa Japan — , according to J. Dorson, Richard M. Vetus Testamentum. The sale was just a form of symbolic separation. Oxford University Press. On an Abyssinian couple met  in northeast Africa , in —,  according to James J.
Blumoff, Theodore Y. Some bans, however, are explicitly against wife sale. The Family in Italy from Antiquity to the Present. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, divorce was prohibitively expensive. In Australia , in —, among aborigines in Queensland , according to Carl Lumholtz ,  "at Herbert River the blacks did not know, before the arrival of the whites, of any stimulants at all. For English custom, see Wife selling English custom. Wife selling has had numerous purposes throughout the practice's history; and the term " wife sale " is not defined in all sources relating to the topic. The Agrarian System of Mughal India — Cases were reported from different states. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
Lemche argued that "either there are no rules for a Hebrew's selling his wife Not sure if posting in correct place. Suggs to Dorson. However, a Sonjo husband has a special power, sanctioned by the community, over a wife whom he wishes to sell: if no acceptable buyer can be found within the tribe, he can sell her to the Masai, whose demands for Sonjo women and children seem to provide an unfailing market. Another man, who had sold his wife temporarily to a Lozi, demanded a court order for the return of his wife as well as outstanding payments Graeber, David Share best practices, tips, and insights. Parry, Jonathan It is convenient to say that he 'sells' his wife, because the form of the transaction is basically the same as those in which he exchanges or sells other goods. Howard, George Elliott