Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies

Nature Vol/Iss. 532(7598) Nature Publishing Group Published In Pages: 228-231
By Watts, Joseph, Sheehan, Oliver, Atkinson, Quentin D., Bulbulia, Joseph, Gray, Russell D.


When human sacrifice is present, moderate and highly stratified cultures are less likely to decrease in degree of stratification (229).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Bayes factorSupportedBF=4.68UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Human SacrificeAssociationPrayers And Sacrifices
Social StratificationAssociationCastes, Classes