Among the Cannibals
Adventures on the Trail of Man's Darkest RitualBook - 2008
A historical and anthropological exploration of the practice of cannibalism recounts the author's travels to remote areas of the world where the practice occurred or still takes place, in an account that discusses the traditions of cannibalism as a ritual that honored the dead, was used to avoid starvation, and more. 20,000 first printing.
It's the stuff of nightmares, the dark inspiration for literature and film. But astonishingly, cannibalism does exist, and in Among the Cannibals travel writer Paul Raffaele journeys to the far corners of the globe to discover participants in this mysterious and disturbing practice. From an obscure New Guinea river village, where Raffaele went in search of one of the last practicing cannibal cultures on Earth; to India, where the Aghori sect still ritualistically eat their dead; to North America, where evidence exists that the Aztecs ate sacrificed victims; to Tonga, where the descendants of fierce warriors still remember how their predecessors preyed upon their foes; and to Uganda, where the unfortunate victims of the Lord's Resistance Army struggle to reenter a society from which they have been violently torn, Raffaele brings this baffling cultural ritual to light in a combination of Indiana Jones-type adventure and gonzo journalism.
Illustrated with photographs Raffaele took during his travels, Among the Cannibals is a gripping look at some of the more unsavory aspects of human civilization, guaranteed to satisfy every reader's morbid curiosity.
There are many forms of cannibalism, says Raffaele, a feature writer for the Smithsonian magazine--perversion, to honor or insult defeated enemies, to remember beloved relatives, and to keep from starving. He focuses on cannibalism as part of religious ceremony, recounting his travels among peoples in New Guinea, the Ganges, Tonga, and Uganda who he predicts will be absorbed into world culture within a generation or two. He also assembles the record of the Aztecs in pre-colonial Mexico. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A historical and anthropological exploration of the practice of cannibalism recounts the author's travels to remote areas of the world where the practice occurred or still takes place.