Life Histories, Blood Revenge, and Warfare in a Tribal Population

  title={Life Histories, Blood Revenge, and Warfare in a Tribal Population},
  author={Napoleon A. Chagnon},
  pages={985 - 992}
  • N. Chagnon
  • Published 26 February 1988
  • Political Science
  • Science
Blood revenge is one of the most commonly cited causes of violence and warfare in tribal societies, yet it is largely ignored in recent anthropological theories of primitive warfare. A theory of tribal violence is presented showing how homicide, revenge, kinship obligations, and warfare are linked and why reproductive variables must be included in explanations of tribal violence and warfare. Studies of the Yanomam� Indians of Amazonas during the past 23 years show that 44 percent of males… 

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