The cultural evolution of war rituals

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The cultural evolutionary processes outlined by Singh illuminate why ritualized behaviors aimed at controlling unseen forces and overcoming fear are common in warfare among many small-scale societies. They also suggest an explanation for the development of ritual specialists for war who are distinct from war leaders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e74
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Volume41
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Cultural Evolution
Ceremonial Behavior
Fear
Warfare

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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In: The Behavioral and brain sciences, Vol. 41, 01.01.2018, p. e74.

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