Evolution of initiation rites during the Austronesian dispersal

Science Progress Vol/Iss. 104(3) SAGE Publications Published In Pages: 1-16
By Bentley, R. Alexander , Moritz, William R. , Ruck, Damian J. , O'Brien, Michael J.


Male and female initiation rites co-evolved in Austronesian societies.


Hypothesis tested transition rate between initiation rites. Male-only rites would emerge from male and female rites states, while transition to female-only rites never occurred.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Reversible-Jump Markov Chain Monte CarloSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Evolution of Initiation RitesUNKNOWNHistory And Culture Change, Puberty And Initiation