Sovereign groups, subsistence activities, and the presence of a high god in primitive societies

The Religious Dimension: New Directions in Research Published In Pages: 299-310
By Simpson, John H.


This article investigates material and social predictors of belief in a high god. The author introduces a new variable, the inertness of subsistence raw materials, to be compared with Swanson’s (1960) variable representing the number of sovereign groups. Both variables were significant predictors of belief in high gods. Relevant theory is discussed.

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