Toward a Unified Theory of Ancestor Worship: A Cross-Cultural Study

Social Forces Vol/Iss. 54(2) Oxford University Press Published In Pages: 427-440
By Sheils, Dean


Based on prior findings, the present study tests the theory that subsistence type, specifically agricultural level, influences descent type, conjugal formation, and marriage type. All three of the latter variables are predicted to be antecedents of ancestor worship. The author claims support for the theory.


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HRAF Collection of Ethnography (paper/fiche)Researchers' ownThe sample includes societies that were added to be representative of industrial societies.

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