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 descent type and ancestor worship. Unilineal descent will be more likely to practice ancestor worship than cognatic descent.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi-squareSupportedp = .01C = .53UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Descent TypeIndependentRule Of Descent
Marriage TypeDependentPolygamy