The parent Axis

The parent axis refers to the node that's the immediate parent of the context node. For example, /descendant::HUSBAND[position()=1]/parent::* refers to the parent element of the first HUSBAND element in the document.

Without a node test the parent axis can be abbreviated by a .. as in //HUSBAND[position()=1]/...

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