During the annual Okipa ceremony among the Mandan of the Great Plains of North America, in a display of his devotion to the Great Spirit, a young man…
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Should any man, Halimink warned me gravely, confide to a woman or an uninitiated lad anything of what went on in the Hain [men’s lodge], both he and the…
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There is an event recounted in the book Naven (1936) by Gregory Bateson, on the Iatmul fisher-foragers of New Guinea, that I have not been able to get…
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Research over the last few years has demonstrated some important patterns of music use across societies. Music appears to be universal across cultures…
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One of the most important insights about people is that they can form social relationships with almost anything. Animals, the deceased, spirits, Gods…
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With the tying off and cutting of the umbilical cord the relations with the uterus and placenta are ended and the newborn infant is for the first time…
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After a child is born among the Kalinago of the West Indies, the mother is quick to get back to regular household work. For the father, however, the…
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Mate choice is one of—if not the—most popular topics of study in evolutionary psychology. Much of this research has focused on sex differences in mate…
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In an article I wrote for Quillette a few years back, I discussed the high rates of infant and child mortality across societies throughout human…
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"The doom reserved for enemies marches on the ones we love most." - Sophocles, Antigone, 441 BC.
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I’ve been digging into the ethnographic evidence for cannibalism over the last few years. Before I started searching, I had a few basic expectations…
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"I was told a long time ago, ghosts and spirits don't like the fumes from ether, and I just wanted to affect him with my weapon and get to his soul." …
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