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For men, the benefits of polygyny are that it allows them to have more children, may provide them with more productive workers (where workers are family), and allows them to establish politically useful ties with a greater number of kin groups.
Senior wives can benefit as well when their work load is lightened by the addition of junior wives to the family.
In monogamous societies, wealthy and powerful men established enduring relationships with, and established separate household for, multiple female partners, aside from their legitimate wives; a practice that was accepted in Imperial China up until the Qing Dynasty.
This is a form of de facto polygyny that is referred to as concubinage.
If every brother married separately and had children, family land would be split into unsustainable small plots.
For example, in the Himalayan Mountains polyandry is related to the scarcity of land; the marriage of all brothers in a family to the same wife allows family land to remain intact and undivided. When a man is married to more than one wife at a time, it is called polygyny.