The cultural morphospace of ritual form: examining modes of religiosity cross-culturally

Evolution and Human behavior Vol/Iss. 32 Elsevier Published In Pages: 50-62
By Atkinson, Quentin D., Whitehouse, Harvey


This article examines the frequency and emotional arousal of ritual. Cross-cultural tests support the existence of two modes of religiosity: doctrinal, with high frequency and low emotionality of ritual, and imagistic, with low frequency and high emotionality of ritual. Both euphoric and dysphoric arousal are considered. Associations between these two modes of religiosity and other features of culture (such as group size and the use of agriculture) are examined.

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