Supernatural punishment and individual social compliance across cultures

Religion, Brain & Behavior Vol/Iss. 1 (2) Routledge Published In Pages: 119-134
By Bourrat, Pierrick , Atkinson, Quentin D. , Dunbar, Robin I.M.


Community size will be positively correlated with the prevalence of societal belief in supernatural punishment.


“Theories of witchcraft”, “high gods” and “evil-eye-rating” were supported (p< .05, tau-b >.213), but did not remain significant after controlling for region, religion, or contact with other societies.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Kendall's tauNot supportedp<.01b<.057Two-tailed


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Community SizeDependentCommunity Structure
Fear of punishmentIndependentSocial Control, Sorcery, Spirits And Gods