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Mortal RitualsWhat the Story of the Andes Survivors Tells Us About Human Evolution$
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Matt Rossano

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165006

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165006.001.0001

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Rituals of Love

Rituals of Love

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(p.113) Chapter Five Rituals of Love
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Mortal Rituals
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Matt J. Rossano

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165006.003.0006

This chapter expounds on the idea of the previous chapter, suggesting that daily routine and ritual acts as a primary source of love and self-sacrifice in a community. The UAF Flight 571 survivors had to cultivate love of their own group in order to resist the selfish inclinations that might have destroyed their community. Even though they are all desperate to try and improve their individual lot, they never let this weakness overwhelm their commitment to a common cause. Their selflessness can partly be attributed to the bonds that had been formed out of their daily activities. Psychologists Jeremy Ginges, Ian Hansen, and Ara Norenzayan called this phenomenon coalitional commitment—the tendency for people who have group ritual behavior to be more sympathetic to the self-sacrificial acts of out-group aggression.

Keywords:   routine, ritual, love, UAF Flight 571, survivors, coalitional commitment, Jeremy Ginges, Ian Hansen, Ara Norenzayan

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