Recent studies have confirmed that mortality from violence is very common in small-scale societies today and in the past. Almost one-third of such people die in raids and fights, and the death rate is twice as high among men as among women. This is a far higher death rate than experienced even in countries worst hit by World War II. Thomas Hobbes’s “war of each against all” looks more accurate for humanity in a state of nature than Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “noble savage,” though anthropologists today prefer to see a continuum between these extremes…motives include revenge for previous killings, jealousy over women, capture of women and children and, less often, theft of material goods.
Come to think of it, sounds just like the Trojan War.
Source: The Wall Street Journal.