March 19, 2009

More about Cannibalism!

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So you're interested in cannibalism! The Wikipedia entry has a good discussion of the subject. It includes a description off what we taste like by a New York Times reported who cooked and ate a person who died in an accident.
"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."
It sounds pretty good.

The Aghoris of northern India consume the flesh of the dead floated in the Ganges in pursuit of immortality and supernatural powers. Members of the Aghori drink from human skulls and practice cannibalism in the belief that eating human flesh confers spiritual and physical benefits, such as prevention of aging.

Here's a nice video on the Aghori.

And here's a Bill Moyers interview with Joesph Campbell. They are discussing ritual cannibalism in New Guinea.

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