Warfare and Ritual in Anthropology

Authored by: Bryan K. Hanks

The Ashgate Research Companion to Anthropology

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754677031
eBook ISBN: 9781315612744
Adobe ISBN: 9781317044116


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We can begin with a question that has persisted through the ages. Why war? In our modern world each day’s news brings renewed evidence of violence, conflict, and warfare from around the world. One might question just how deeply into time we would have to travel to find a single day when a human individual has not being harmed or killed at the hands of another. Perhaps, one might speculate, no such day has ever existed.

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