Spectators play a pivotal role in ritual combat. This article covers the mechanics of their part in preventing violent contagion, as well as the eras of violence that societies undergo when facing violent contagion.
Part 1 of The Art of Violence series We hear this a lot: we humans are even worse than animals because we murder one another. That's a half-truth. It's true that animals don't murder one another, at least not very often, and humans do. The other half of the truth is that humans have created [...]