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1varielle
May 8, 2012, 12:14pm Top

I was sure this group would have a dedicated thread, but couldn't see one. Here's the Smithsonian's take on the topic as in the use of corpses in medicine.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Gruesome-History-of-Eating...

2paradoxosalpha
May 8, 2012, 12:21pm Top

Madsen's Confessions of a Flesh-Eater is a fine treatment of the matter.

4benwaugh
May 8, 2012, 1:35pm Top

If you'd like to include the practice of autophagy, you should read the daftly conceived satire, The Committee. James Preston's The Cobra Event provides a colorful exposition of Lesch-Nyhan's disease.

6kswolff
May 8, 2012, 8:03pm Top

At least it isn't condoned by the British Navy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evExHXFtNfQ

7madpoet
May 9, 2012, 1:55am Top

It's actually surprising, considering how widespread cannibalism has been, in so many different societies, that it doesn't show up more in literature. I guess authors just found it distasteful (no pun intended).

8kswolff
May 9, 2012, 1:54pm Top

7: Does transubstantiation count? Because then it could be considered a phenomenon a lot more widespread. Leave it to John Calvin's "symbolism and penance" to take the fun out of everything. What do you expect, he was a French lawyer.

9BarkingMatt
Edited: May 9, 2012, 2:09pm Top

Well, personally I do think christians practice some form of ritual cannibalism (this is my flesh, this is my blood - come on). But I fear practicing christians are unlikely to agree.

But, ultimately, it's just a piece of bread and a sip of wine. So I don't think it counts a real cannibalism.

10Cynfelyn
Edited: May 9, 2012, 5:11pm Top

7.
It's actually surprising, considering how widespread cannibalism has been, in so many different societies, that it doesn't show up more in literature. I guess authors just found it distasteful (no pun intended).

William Albert Robinson, Deep water and shoal, would go with the pun, having inadverently eaten human flesh on Malakula in Vanuatu (then the New Hebrides) in 1930:

> What did it taste like? you ask. Like veal, as one of our well-known African explorers
> has stated? Or even like pork, which another has had the temerity to claim?
>
> If you'd like me to be absolutely truthful - which I know you don't, for it is awfully
> prosaic - I'd have to answer that the darn meat was so burnt and covered in ashes
> that it could have been almost anything. So if you must know what it tastes like to
> be a cannibal you will have to go there yourself.

11kswolff
May 9, 2012, 5:09pm Top

9: Then they should practice harder, like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ed Gein, proving that Wisconsin has its share of cosmopolitan and rural practitioners of this culinary affectation.

In the Introduction to the Cremaster Cycle, Wakefield calls Barney's 5-film cycle "autophagous," self-eating, since it creates a new biosexual mythos and then continually references itself.

12benwaugh
May 9, 2012, 5:46pm Top

Christ did enjoin his disciples (and by rite of initiation, the gang which bears his name) to practice cannibalism. It's right there in the book.

13paradoxosalpha
May 9, 2012, 6:39pm Top

Stranger in a Strange Land did its bit to literalize symbolic sacramental anthropophagy.

14kswolff
May 9, 2012, 8:07pm Top

And one can't forget the performance art/films of Paul McCarthy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_McCarthy

And the ritualized violence of the Viennese Actionists like Hermann Nitsch

15Makifat
May 9, 2012, 9:16pm Top

12
Which leads to one of my favorite punch lines: "Peter, EAT MY ASS!"

16benwaugh
May 9, 2012, 9:53pm Top

That bit wasn't in there, was it? (re-read pile, Bible).

17paradoxosalpha
May 10, 2012, 8:55am Top

18benwaugh
Edited: May 10, 2012, 9:02am Top

A skilled player, by that account (those urns at Naj Hammadi must have been the BCE equivalent of a bedside bottom-drawer).

19BarkingMatt
May 10, 2012, 9:08am Top

Actually those Nag Hammadi texts are early CE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nag_Hammadi_library). Nitpicking - I know.

20benwaugh
Edited: May 11, 2012, 6:37pm Top

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21benwaugh
May 10, 2012, 10:05am Top

Quibbler! Shall mere facts taint my otherwise sound and orthodox scholarship?

22benwaugh
May 10, 2012, 10:22am Top

23benwaugh
Edited: May 10, 2012, 3:42pm Top

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24slickdpdx
May 14, 2012, 2:28pm Top

This thread just came in handy in a dispute with a co-worker.

25Makifat
May 14, 2012, 11:59pm Top

24
How so? Did you hit him/her over the head with it?

26benwaugh
May 15, 2012, 8:05am Top

If a jowly cubicle quartered type (the bipedal equivalent of a crated veal calf), I have heard that human face makes for excellent guanciale (a sort of aggrandized fatback, but ever so much more flavorful and expensive) - indispensable in bucatini all' amatriciana.

27Phlegethon99
May 15, 2012, 9:27am Top

28benwaugh
May 15, 2012, 10:21am Top

29DavidX
May 28, 2012, 3:18pm Top

30BarkingMatt
May 28, 2012, 3:30pm Top

Who is talking about fiction? Sure, there must be several false statements of such things. But that doesn't mean there are no true statements.

31kswolff
May 28, 2012, 10:22pm Top

30: I think Ludwig Wittgenstein just facepalmed himself.

33kswolff
Jun 10, 2012, 10:22pm Top

Luckily Andy Samberg has a useful PSA on this pressing topic:

http://www.blameitonthevoices.com/2012/06/andy-sambergs-anti-cannibalism-psa.htm...

34kswolff
Jun 13, 2012, 6:58pm Top

Who knew Rachel Ray, middlebrow doyenne of Food Network and daytime TV, is a fan of cannibalism, bestiality, and incest:

http://www.funnytypos.com/rachael-ray-cooks-her-dog-family-yummers/

35benwaugh
Jun 13, 2012, 7:31pm Top

And I didn't think it possible she could turn me on any more intensely....

36kswolff
Jun 15, 2012, 5:02pm Top

35: Then there's this:

http://media.onsugar.com/files/2011/01/03/2/1331/13311615/54/rachaelray_pinup400...

Her notorious FHM photoshoot. How fitting that a discussion thread focusing on cannibalism would end up on pin-up shots of Rachel Ray

Somewhere the ghost of Ben Hecht is smiling.

37vaniamk13
Aug 5, 3:05pm Top

Quondam Aleister Crowley associate Willie Seabrook elucidated on the consumption of "long pig" in Jungle Ways. Apparently the mention of a single anthropophagous meal in West Africa led to him being ostracized from "polite society" in the 1920s/30s. This supposedly acerbated his alcoholism, and combined with a failing third marriage, may have led to his suicide in the 1940s.

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