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Supernatural punishment, in-group biases, and material insecurity: experiments and ethnography from Yasawa, Fiji

Rita Anne McNamara, Ara Norenzayan, and Joseph Henrich “Supernatural punishment, in-group biases, and material insecurity: experiments and ethnography from Yasawa, Fiji.” Religion, Brain & Behavior Vol. 6, Iss. 1, 2016

Which Comes First, Big Cities or Big Gods – Norenzayan in Nautilus

Which Comes First, Big Cities or Big Gods – Norenzayan in Nautilus

Warriors among the Kwara’ae, a collection of tribal communities indigenous to the Solomon Islands, sacrificed pigs before battle. The tradition granted the combatants, so the belief went, aid from heroic ancestral spirits—like the mighty A’orama, a fierce fighter in Kwara’ae folklore. For every man who prepared to shed blood, a hog met its end. [more]

Big Gods, Historical Explanation, and Bringing Religious Studies Out of the Intellectual Ghetto

Slingerland, Edward. “Big Gods, Historical Explanation, and Bringing Religious Studies Out of the Intellectual Ghetto,” Religion (September 2015).