Effects of extreme ritual practices on health

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Authors

KUNDT Radek XYGALATAS Dimitrios KHAN Sammyh LANG Martin KUNDTOVÁ KLOCOVÁ Eva KRÁTKÝ Jan SHAVER John Hayward

Year of publication 2018
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description Extreme rituals involving painful body mutilation remain an evolutionary puzzle. How to explain the lack of obvious fitness benefits with such a high risk of injury, trauma or infection? One of the proposed hidden benefits could paradoxically be a positive long-term health impact. We report the results of a comparison of physiological measurements and subjective assessments of the quality of life before and after the Tamil Hindu ritual Kavadi between the participants and the control group.
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