Subsistence and the evolution of religion

Human Nature Vol/Iss. 23 Published In Pages: 253-259
By Peoples, Hervey C., Marlowe, Frank W.


This study exmaines the presence of High Gods in societies as a function of subsistence type, population size, and stratification. High Gods are thought to be a mechanism to encourage collective action in the face of environmental challenges. Animal husbandry was found to be a strong predictor of High Gods, especially gods that are active in human affairs or morally supportive.

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