Coevolution of religious and political authority in Austronesian societies

Nature Human Behaviour Vol/Iss. 24 The Nature Publishing Group Published In Pages: 38-45
By Sheehan, Oliver, Watts, Joseph, Gray, Russell D. , Claessens, Scott, Ringen, Erik J. , Atkinson, Quentin D.


In Austronesian societies, religious and political authorities are mutually interdependent.


This correlation could be direct and/or because of a third variable (environmental, authority, etc.).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Bayesian phylogenetic generalized linear mixed modelSupported95% HPDIUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Political AuthorityAssociationTerritorial Hierarchy
Religious authorityAssociationEcclesiastical Organization