Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies

@article{Watts2016RitualHS,
  title={Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies},
  author={Joseph Watts and O. Sheehan and Q. Atkinson and J. Bulbulia and R. Gray},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2016},
  volume={532},
  pages={228-231}
}
Evidence for human sacrifice is found throughout the archaeological record of early civilizations, the ethnographic records of indigenous world cultures, and the texts of the most prolific contemporary religions. According to the social control hypothesis, human sacrifice legitimizes political authority and social class systems, functioning to stabilize such social stratification. Support for the social control hypothesis is largely limited to historical anecdotes of human sacrifice, where the… Expand

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