Political and demographic-ecological determinants of institutionalised human sacrifice

Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology Vol/Iss. 24 Published In Pages: 47-70
By Winkelman, Michael James


The author builds upon previous research (Winkelman 1998) to further elucidate the cross-cultural predictors of institutionalized human sacrifice. The author considers a range of ecological factors and political variables, particularly geopolitical dynamics and intra- and inter-group relations. Other factors were explored, including social complexity and social structures. The author identifies the lack of an effective superordinate political authority as a main determinant in similar behaviors contemporarily (e.g. suicide bombers, beheadings, public brutality in civil war).

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