Toward a Unified Theory of Ancestor Worship: A Cross-Cultural Study

Social Forces Vol/Iss. 54(2) Oxford University Press Published In Pages: 427-440
By Sheils, Dean


There will be an association between agricultural level and polygyny. The incidence of polygyny will be most common amid simple agrarians, simple horticulturalists, and advanced horticulturalists than among hunter-gatherers and advanced agrarians.


The relationship between agricultural level and polygyny is curvilinear being the most robust amid advanced horticulturalists.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi-squareSupportedp = .01C = .67UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Marriage TypeDependentPolygamy
Agricultural Level IndependentAgriculture, Tillage