Cannibalism is the act of eating human flesh and was once common among ancient cultures. Today the Korowai tribe in Southeast Asia is one of the very few remaining groups of people still practicing cannibalism. Ask questions about the history, causes and stigmas of this odd human behavior here.

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Are Harvester Ants cannibals?

of course they are - only a complete dope could possibley believe otherwise


Are coyotes cannibals?

cayotes are not cannibal why because cannibal is people but just hungry

Stone Age
Iron Age

The ancient nordic tribe of cannibals the wendor?

The Wendol were a relict group of Neanderthals. They were fictional, and can be found in the book the 13th Warrior (Eaters of the Dead) by Michael Crichton.


Why did the cannibal stop eating humans?

This practice was eventually considered bad taste.

It is only in recent decades the 'Kuru disease' was defeated in New Guinea by the banning of the eating the enemy's brains. Because of the rictus (grimace) before death, this was known as "the laughing disease".

This disease is a relative of the BSE 'Mad Cow Disease' that afflicted the united Kingdom, for in an effort to get all thew protein from a cow into animal feed, material from brains and nerves was included in animal feedstock.

The same problem may lie in wait for the modern poultry industry that grinds up chicken bits and feeds it to the chickens in 'efficient' factory farming.

Inuit Northern Native Tribes

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Are there cannibals in the world today?

The jury is still out that cannibalism as a ritual practice exists at all - or ever existed. (Albeit no one doubts that it has been practiced under conditions of starvation or perversion.) Although much folklore abounds, no credible sighting of cannibalism by anthropologists exist. As the science writer, Martin Gardner noted in his book Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? Debunking Pseudoscience, that the skeptical case for why cannibalism is rare to non-existent it that the proposition of cannibalism often emerges from the imaginations of ethnographers and archaeologists, or it is rooted in scurrilous insults hurled between ethnic groups which have antagonistic relationships. He cites a 1979 book by William Arens entitled The Man-Eating Myth opened up the issue with a strong argument in favour of the belief that cannibalism has never been prevalent in any culture. Gardner notes that claims of institutionalized cannibalism have always been made by enemies, never the tribes themselves, and have usually proven hard to follow up. He refrains from taking sides but admits "My sympathies at the moment are with Arens."


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Chickens and Roosters
Care of Birds

Why do roosters cannibalize hens?

Roosters are not the only ones that do this, in fact it is the hen that will most likely start to eat another dead chicken.

Law & Legal Issues
Home Equity and Refinancing

Who has the rightful ownership of someone's ashes?

It is usually stated in the will or given as a directive to the funeral home. If that is not stipulated anywhere then it would go in a natural respective order. If a spouse passes away it is that of the surviving spouse. If a child passes away it is that of the parents. If a mother or father pass away usually the oldest gets them and should share them and that can be however the family agrees upon. Have the urn stay at one anothers houses for specific times or divide the ashes up or everyone go to the deceased favorite spot and each sprinkle some out. If one of the children took care of an elderly, sick parent more than the others then they should decide.

Human Behavior

What do people in Omsk eat?



What percentage of your own flesh can you eat before you expire?

That depends on whatever part you eat first, if you eat your heart you'd probably be dead before you took the first bite. Other than that I don't think lack of meat will kill you, more likely infection or exsanguination.

History, Politics & Society

Do people eat human flesh nowadays?

Yes, people do eat human flesh but more for religious purposes more than them being starving. When you eat human flesh, you come down with a case of "the shakes," most people frown upon this. I don't support the eating of humans in anyway.


What does human flesh taste like?

William Buehler Seabrook, a journalist with the New York Times, traveled to West Africa and lived with the Guere tribe. He asked the chief what human meat tasted like, but the chief couldn't describe it to Seabrook's satisfaction. Seabrook had the opportunity to try it himself, a man while had recently died in an accident. He got a portion of stew with rice as well as a "sizeable rump steak, also a small loin roast to cook or have cooked" however he wanted. In his book "Jungle Ways," he described it as follows:

"It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef. It was very definitely like that, and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted. It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal. It was mild, good meat with no other sharply defined or highly characteristic taste such as for instance, goat, high game, and pork have. The steak was slightly tougher than prime veal, a little stringy, but not too tough or stringy to be agreeably edible. The roast, from which I cut and ate a central slice, was tender, and in color, texture, smell as well as taste, strengthened my certainty that of all the meats we habitually know, veal is the one meat to which this meat is accurately comparable."

The Polynesians and Melanesians in the South Pacific called Europeans 'Long Pig' because they claimed their flesh tasted sweet like pork and much different compared to their neighbors. American firefighters often cannot stand the smell of bacon because it reminds them of burnt human flesh.

So we have two opinions: veal and pork.

As with any meat sold in the market, the taste will vary depending on what the person was raised on. A high-pork diet such as Europeans have, will result in a "pork" flavor. A high beef diet will result in a taste of veal (such as the quote above). An all-fish or vegan diet will produce a completely different taste.

People in Vanuatu (South Pacitic) say they still terribly miss eating human meat, both as a source of protein and the ultimate way to humiliate members of rival villages. They claim female flesh tastes considerably better than male, although this is due to the fact that the men spend much of their time drinking the strong peppery Kava plant, which "taints the meat." So again, it depends upon one's diet.

The person's health would obviously affect the quality. A sickly person would be like eating a sick cow. The meat would be tainted and frankly unhealthy. Someone obese would have a greasier flavor than someone lean.

So in conclusion, the flavor of human meat depends upon one's diet and health. Age and sex many play a role as well.
I've heard that it tastes like chicken but i don't know! Also, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT EATING HUMAN! YOU WILL BE A CANNIBLE! :)

(2) a more likely assumption is it tastes like pork as Pacific Island cannibals referred to human flesh as 'long pork'. As with animal meat I assume that different cuts (heart, kidney, liver, the flesh from the thigh) would have different flavours.

Sentence and Word Structure
Human Behavior

How is a cannibalize used in a sentence?

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school and teachers


Human Behavior

When was the first case of cannibalism?

Sometime long before written history.


Cannibal and the Headhunters Frankie Garcia?

Frankie Garcia was the original singer of the East L.A. vocal group known as Cannibal & The Headhunters. Frankie died in 1996.


Why did Marvin Harris think the Aztecs became the cannibal kingdom?

He thought that because he saw JO MAMA :)!

Cooking Techniques
Cooking Times and Temperatures

How long do you boil ribs?

Bring to a boil and turn heat to med/low and cook for a 1/2 hour to 1 hour with salt and pepper.

Questions about WikiAnswers and
Internet Security and Privacy

How do people get into trouble downloading underage pictures?

Such sites are monitored by federal agencies such as the FBI, FCC, and by state agencies such as HTCU and ASACP. The majority of sites offering "kiddie porn" are outside the U.S., this however does not prevent authorities for identifying and prosecuting persons who are involved in the use of and/or contribution and/or distribution. It is illegal and in most cases a felony offense, to view, photograph, distribute or in anyway exploit minor children in such a manner.

Criminal Law

Was Andrew Pixley really a murderer cannibal rapist and a kidnapper?

On August 6, 1964, Robert McAuliffe discovered the bodies of his two oldest daughters, Deborah 12, and Cynthia, 8, in their room here at the Worth Hotel. On the floor, barefoot and shirtless, lay a young drifter, Andrew Pixley. When police arrived, the 39-year-old McAuliffe, a judge from Illinois, had the drifter pinned to the floor. He screamed at the officer, "My God, this man killed my babies!" Deborah had been struck with a rock, Cynthia had been strangled. Both girls had been raped after they were killed. Pixley, 21, was arrested. Thirty to forty people crowed outside Pixley's jail cell and talked of lynching him. For his own safety, he was transferred to the Lander jail, 170 miles away. He was never tried for Cynthia's murder, but he pleaded guilty to the murder of Deborah. On December 19, 1965, Pixley was executed in the gas chamber at Rawlins. Newspaper: The Valley Independent Publication: 8 Aug 1964 - Monessen, Pennsylvania

Word Games

What are people called who eat people?

They're called cannibals if people eat other people. You're called a vampire if you drink other people's blood.

Nazi Concentration Camps

Did some prisoners in concentration camps practice cannibalism?

Cannibalism is known to have happened. K. Tzetnik, a Holocaust survivor and author writes about these acts in his books. Also there are some testimonials of sonderkommandos (The Jewish men who had the job of loading the dead into the cremation chambers) that on occasions some of the bodies were missing pieces from the hip or had their livers taken out. This topic is seldom discussed as many survivors don't want to reminisce or don't go into much details in their testimonials. However, it is mentioned in some books.

At the Belsen concentration camp during the liberation, parts of bodies (heart, liver, etc.) were missing.

Jokes and Riddles
Punchline Math

What games do cannibals play at parties?

Swallow the leader!! Alright, alright... Two cannibals are eating a clown and one of them turns to the other and asks, "Hey, Does this taste funny to you?" Why do cannibals eat Alaskan Republicans?


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