The dead may kill you: Do ancestor spirit beliefs promote cooperation in traditional small-scale societies

The Journal of Cognition and Culture Vol/Iss. 1 Brill Published In Pages: ??
By White, Claire , Marin, Maya , Fessler, Daniel M.T.


Societies will believe that ancestral spirits are more concerned in the living’s interaction with the spirits rather than the living’s interactions with each other.


67% of societies believe ancestral spirits are more concerned with livings interaction with spirits vs 46% ; n=57


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Descriptive statisticsSupport claimedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Punitive ancestral spiritsUNKNOWNCult Of The Dead, Eschatology, Spirits And Gods