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


Type of initiation ceremony will vary with bridewealth


Results indicate that "societies with harsh ceremonies are significantly more likely to pay bridewealth that are societies without ceremonies, societies with genital operations stand out as significantly more likely to pay bridewealth than are any other societies in the sample (22)." Findings support the proposal that genital operations are expected to discourage adultery.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Multiple chi-squares (5)SupportedMultiple p-values: 4/5 significantUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
BridewealthIndependentMode Of Marriage
Type of initiation ceremony DependentBody Alterations, Sodalities, Puberty And Initiation