Tag Archives: Anthropology

Unconditional Love: Is devotion to pets a cultural universal?

If the number of cute animal memes on the internet is a fair benchmark, then the human love of pets is a powerful and global phenomenon. For many pet owners, their furry (or scaly) domestic…

HRAF celebrates Anthropology Day 2024

On Friday, February 16, the Human Relations Area Files at Yale University hosted a celebration in honor of Anthropology Day, the yearly event for anthropologists to share our discipline with the public. HRAF Director of Membership and…

Using eHRAF to explore supernatural explanations for natural and social events

Belief in the supernatural is a cultural universal. While there is considerable variation in supernatural belief systems across cultures, some form of belief in gods, spirits, and similar phenomena occurs in all cultures.  George Peter…

Human Relations Area Files at Yale University attending 2023 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting

HRAF staff members look forward to attending 2023 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada from November 16-18. The American Anthropological Association (AAA) and Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) combine to make up the world’s largest group…

Thanks, but no thanks: Expressions of gratitude in eHRAF World Cultures

During the end-of-year “holiday season” throughout much of the Western world, we are often reminded to be grateful for the things that we have, and even to go out of our way to be gracious…

HRAF Global Scholars Program 2024

HRAF is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the HRAF Global Scholars Program 2024. This program provides scholars around the world with one year of complimentary access to eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology.…