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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.

May 8, 2012, 12:21pm Top

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

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.

May 8, 2012, 8:03pm Top

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


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).

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.

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.

Edited: May 9, 2012, 5:11pm 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).

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.

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.

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.

May 9, 2012, 6:39pm Top

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

May 9, 2012, 8:07pm Top

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


And the ritualized violence of the Viennese Actionists like Hermann Nitsch

May 9, 2012, 9:16pm Top

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

May 9, 2012, 9:53pm Top

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

May 10, 2012, 8:55am Top

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).

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.

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

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May 10, 2012, 10:05am Top

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

May 10, 2012, 10:22am Top

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May 14, 2012, 2:28pm Top

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

May 14, 2012, 11:59pm Top

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

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.

May 15, 2012, 9:27am Top

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May 28, 2012, 3:18pm Top

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.

May 28, 2012, 10:22pm Top

30: I think Ludwig Wittgenstein just facepalmed himself.

Jun 10, 2012, 10:22pm Top

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


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:


Jun 13, 2012, 7:31pm Top

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

Jun 15, 2012, 5:02pm Top

35: Then there's this:


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.

Aug 5, 2014, 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.

Dec 24, 2014, 4:51pm Top

Edited: Jul 16, 2016, 7:33am Top

Of course, there's the cannibalism in Satyricon.
Here's the film version for a glance (1:58:08) of "pure chewing satisfaction" as the used to say on an old gum commercial.

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