Matt J. Rossano

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Social norms are communally agreed upon, morally significant behavioral standards that are, at least in part, responsible for uniquely human forms of cooperation and social organization. This article summarizes evidence demonstrating that ritual and ritualized behaviors are essential to the transmission and reinforcement of social norms. Ritualized(More)
(2003, 130–31) envisions a late Palae-olithic shamanistic ritual: Night descends, the meat is eaten and candles are lit. One of the men appears older than the others and wears a necklace of pierced fox teeth around his neck. Throughout the evening he has been lowering his face close to the smoldering herbs and inhaling deeply. He now takes a flat slab of(More)
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