Pain, fear, and circumcision in boys' adolescent initiation ceremonies

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 2017 Sage Published In Pages: 1-29
By Schlegel, Alice, Barry III, Herbert


Harsh male initiation ceremonies will be associated with more polygyny


Harsh rituals were found to be "significantly more likely to occur in the initiation ceremonies of societies where general polygyny delays the entry of physically mature males into social adulthood(12)." Initiation ceremonies with genital operations we also found to be significantly associated with general polygyny.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Linear chi-square and chi-squareSupportedLinear chi-square p=0.02, chi-square p=.005UNKNOWNUNKNOWN