Explaining male initiation ceremonies: new cross-cultural tests and a catalytic model

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 41 Published In Pages: 605-616
By Ember, Carol R., Ember, Melvin


This article discusses two different explanations of male initiation ceremonies. Evidence is also presented that suggests that psychological conflict might strongly predict male initiation in the presence of the following catalysts: nonmatrilocal residence, nonstate political organization, and warfare.

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