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Old February 21st, 2012, 07:47 AM   #1
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Exclamation Did cannibals exist in the human history?


I wonder whether cannibals existed in the human history!
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Old February 21st, 2012, 07:49 AM   #2

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em ... yes.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 07:56 AM   #3

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Yes, even among Texas Indian tribes along the coast.
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They exist to this day on remote islands in the south pacific. Also, if I'm not mistaken, old Celtic tribes used to make a practice of it as well.
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I think many animistic paths saw a relation between consuming flesh and displaying trophies as a means to imbue the individual with the "power" of the slain.
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I think many animistic paths saw a relation between consuming flesh and displaying trophies as a means to imbue the individual with the "power" of the slain.
Apparently Jeff Dahmer thought that, too.
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Apparently Jeff Dahmer thought that, too.
Yep. It's an age old phenomena.
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I remember a documentary and some network news pieces on cannibalism that were aired not all that many year ago. IIRC they were run while the first reactions to "mad cow" disease were also making news. It was about people in New Guinea, or Borneo perhaps, who practiced cannibalism for generations and still did at the time of these reports. The gist of these reports seemed to focus on a disease suffered by many cannibals that attacked neurologically and eventually killed. Eventually mad cow was found to have it's roots in the feeding of ground cattle parts added to feed. The videos I saw showed remarkable similarities in the symptoms of both infected humans, and cattle. I cannot remember the clinical name for this disease in humans.
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