Where do you go when you die? A cross-cultural test of the hypothesis that infrastructure predicts individual eschatology

Journal of Anthropological Research Vol/Iss. 61 Published In Pages: 53-79
By Dickson, D. Bruce, Olsen, Jeffrey, Dahm, P. Fred, Wachtel, Mitchell S.


This study tests a cultural materialist theory for variation in concepts of the afterlife. Results suggest that subsistence production (a measure of infrastructure) is associated with a judgmental (rather than non-judgmental) form of individual eschatology. Regional distribution is examined and a logistic regression is presented.

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