Ritualized combat

In apes, this takes the form of chest banging, pacing, jumping up and down, and making a lot of noise If that sounds familiar but you're having trouble placing it, just take a look at a football game when there is a close score Opposing fans use exactly the same kind of posturing to intimidate their rivals, sticking out their chests, pacing, and shouting Then come the ape-like mock attacks and odd little dance rituals to rev the whole crowd up Usually the "safer" the fans the more exaggerated their ape-like power-postures, so if there's a big show of police or officials everyone joins in the jeering, but where there's the likelihood of a real fight the ritualized combat might be toned down

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