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Pilgrimages as costly signals of commitment to cooperate



Year of publication 2019
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Pilgrimages are one of many religious activities that people do cross-culturally. However, from an evolutionary point of view, pilgrimage behavior seems to be costly because it requires substantial time and energy investments without obvious function. The presentation, first, proposes costly singling theory of pilgrimage according to which pilgrimages are reliable signals of individuals' commitment to the group norms and then presents two preliminary studies done with pilgrims walking to Santiago de Compostela and with Mauritius Hindu population where Maha Shivaratri pilgrimage takes place.
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