There’s a rather interesting article appearing on the website LiveScience regarding cannibalism. It is an interview with researchers and author Bill Schutt who has written a book about cannibalism.
Cannibalism has NOT been well studied in academia and it has long been thought to be a type of behavior that only occurs under conditions of extreme deprivation or stress in both animals and humans. But, research over the past few decades has revealed it’s more widespread than we thought!
In the anthropological record we find several ancient human remains that appear to have been cannibalized. Were the people they lived with starving? Were they engaging in some type of ritual rite to honor the dead as some South American and other tribal cultures do still today? Or did they just have nothing better to do and decided they wanted a snack? 🙂
Whatever the case one thing is becoming more and more clear as we study human behavior and cannibalism and that is that it was and is more common than we think and although today we consider it a deviant act in ancient times it may not have been so deviant as it is not considered deviant in some tribal cultures today. In fact, in some tribal cultures today if you do not partake of the dead then you are regarded as showing disrespect for the dead and you just might be the next dead…..to be consumed of course.
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