Hey guys, so I wanted to make a totally different post today, something we may already know, but not too much about it. I want to write about Cannibalism, what is it exactly and is it still present. So enjoy!!
Cannibalism is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh of other human beings. A person who practices cannibalism is called a cannibal.
Cannibalism may also refer to the act of any animal consuming another animal from the same kind or type.
But have we ever thought of what might have led to cannibalism? What made humans act like this?
Here is a short list of the reasons:
- Cannibalism is known as a cultural norm - cannibalism cultures believed that by eating for example, a brain from a member of their village will give them strength and power.
- Famine - starvation also led to cannibalism- the survival during harsh times made cannibalism a daily ritual.
- Cannibalism was also caused by insanity or social deviancy.
Cannibalism has recently been both practiced and fiercely condemned in several wars, especially in Liberia and Congo. Today, The Korowai have been reported to practice ritual cannibalism up to the present day. Anthropologists suspect that cannibalism is no longer practiced by the Korowai clans that have had frequent contact with outsiders. Recent reports suggest that certain clans have been coaxed into encouraging tourism by perpetuating the myth that it is still an active practice.
In 2006, the television show 60 Minutes claimed that when someone in Korowai society is convicted of being a khakhua (secret witch doctor) he or she is tried, and if convicted he or she is tortured, executed, and eaten. Other unverified claims were made that the brain is usually eaten immediately, while still warm, and that pregnant women and children don't participate in the cannibal act.
There are fundamentally two kinds of cannibalistic social behavior;endocannibalism (eating humans from the same community) and exocannibalism (eating humans from other communities).
A separate ethical distinction can be made to delineate between the practice of killing human for food (homicidal cannibalism) versus eating the flesh of a person who was already dead (necro-cannibalism).