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 measures are applied to ensure that myths are told in an accurate fashion, and maintain audience attention.


This is proxied by the performance of myths and the rules placed on audience members. 50 societies out of 80 have rules related to performance (62.5%), and 45 out of 80 had rules related to attendance (56.3%).


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