Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies

Nature Vol/Iss. 532(7598) Nature Publishing Group Published In Pages: 228-231
By Watts, Joseph, Sheehan, Oliver, Atkinson, Quentin D., Bulbulia, Joseph, Gray, Russell D.


The social control hypothesis suggests that ritual human sacrifice may have played an important role in the evolution of social stratification, functioning to legitimize class-based power distinctions by pairing displays of ultimate authority with supernatural justifications. Authors test this hypothesis about human sacrifice with a phylogenetic analysis of 93 Austronesian cultures.


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