Cross-cultural forager myth transmission rules: Implications for the emergence of cumulative culture

Evolution and Human Behavior Vol/Iss. Online only Elsevier Published In Pages: 1-18
By Sugiyama, Michelle Scalise, Reilly, Kieran J.


Myth-telling rules will mandate that myths are told to multiple individuals from multiple generations.


This was proxied by variables related to audience demographics and socio-ecological contexts of the myth telling. 53 societies out of 80 had rules related to context (66.3%), and 56 out of 80 had rules related to audience (70%).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Descriptive StatisticsSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Audience demographics of myth-tellingDependentVerbal Arts, Mythology
Context of myth-tellingDependentVerbal Arts, Mythology