We all know that life is dog-eat-dog but in some pockets of the globe, things are more man-eat-man.
Cannibalism is very much still alive today despite being considered repulsive by the vast majority of societies. There are, however, areas where eating human flesh is ingrained in tradition and a part of the culture.
People turn to cannibalism for a number of reasons, ranging from religious ceremonies to an extreme, desperate need. Whether legal or otherwise, the practice continues and here are the nine hot spots where cannibals can dine among friends.
Papua New Guinea
In Western New Guinea along the Ndeiram Kabur River lives a tribe called The Korowai. The tribesmen believe that a witch man kills off members of the group and it is their duty to consume the dead man’s carcass in order to take revenge for the death.
The Naihehe Caves – Sigatoka, Fiji
Fiji is famed for its long running history of cannibalism, it was even previously dubbed ‘Cannibal Island’. The practices have almost died out in recent years with the exception of the Naihehe Caves, home to the last human-eating group on the island.
The Aghori, a sect of Indian Monks, perform cannibalistic rituals in order to gain spiritual enlightenment. Now with just 20 or so members, the group drink from human skull bowls and cover their body in burnt human remains. They do not, however, kill anyone for use in the ceremonies, using only the bodies of people who have already died.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
At a United Nations meeting in 2003 a distressed Sinafasi Makelo, a representative for the Mbuti Pygmies, claimed that Congolese rebels from the Ituri province were eating his people alive.
Cambodian soldiers fighting in the Khmer Rouge Rebellion were accused of cutting out the hearts and livers out of the bodies of Khmer Rouge soldiers who were killed in battle in order to eat them on the field or back at home for dinner.
Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
In 2011, German tourist Stefan Ramin went missing while on a traditional goat hunt in Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia. His remains were later found near a campfire and it is believed that he was “hacked to pieces” and burned by a tribe suspected of cannibalism.
Following the First Liberian Civil War, Doctors Without Borders found evidence of cannibalistic practices which they sent over to Amnesty International. Rather than being investigated the evidence was covered up, with Liberia’s current Secretary General saying: “what they do with the bodies after human rights violations are committed is not part of our mandate or concern.”
Germany’s answer to Hannibal Lecter, Armin Meiwes, fulfilled his dream of consuming human flesh by placing an ad for a willing volunteer. Luckily for him he tracked down dinner in the form of a willing 43-year-old, Bernd Brandes.
The duo dined on Bernd’s genitals before Armin stabbed him with a 12-inch knife. He was later arrested for murder as cannibalism is not a crime in Germany.
A crazed, naked man was shot by police in Miami in 2012 as he refused to stop eating his victim’s face. Cannibal Rudy Eugene set upon unwitting Ronaldo Poppo on a Florida freeway, leaving him with only one eye and severe facial injuries.