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Ritual Morphospace Revisited: The form, function, and factor structure of ritual practice

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Human rituals exhibit bewildering diversity, from the Mauritian Kavadi to Catholic communion. Is this diversity infinitely plastic or are there some general dimensions along which ritual features vary? We analysed two cross-cultural datasets, one drawn from the anthropological record, and another novel contemporary dataset to examine whether a consistent underlying set of latent dimensions in ritual structure and experiences were detected. First, we conducted a factor analysis on 651 rituals ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1098/rstb.2019.0436

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Role:
Author
More by this author
Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-6935-6724
Publisher:
The Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Journal website
Volume:
375
Issue:
1805
Article number:
20190436
Publication date:
2020-06-29
Acceptance date:
2020-03-17
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EISSN:
1471-2970
ISSN:
0962-8436
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1095504
Local pid:
pubs:1095504
Deposit date:
2020-03-20

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