Stories of cannibalism are seriously shocking no matter when they happened, but you’ll never guess where the nine places it happened recently are
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While the idea of cannibalism is stomach ache for most people, examples can still be found across the world.
From members of a religious cult devouring human flesh in religious rituals to gruesome attacks on innocent people, stories of humans eating humans have the power to chill you to the bone.
Surprisingly, in the UK there is technically no law against cannibalism. Offenders tend to be charged with murder, preventing a lawful burial, or – in the event that no one died – charges of outrage of public decency.
Samantha Pegg, a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, previously said: ‘In cases of serial killers or sexually motivated cannibals the charge is always murder.
Here are the nine places where cannibalism still runs rampant and its bloody history.
1. The Ganges, India
The Aghori, a small sect of Indian monks, have often been photographed by the world press as readers are fascinated by their cannibalistic rituals, which they perform in order to gain spiritual enlightenment.
The group uses human skulls and bones for ceremonies and jewelry and eats human flesh for specific rituals.
But they don’t kill anyone to use them in ceremonies, but rather use the bodies of people who have already died.
Aghori rituals are based largely on the chanting of mantras and the offering of alcohol and cannabis to the fire.
2. Naihehe Caves – Sigatoka, Fiji
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The Fijian archipelago had the fearsome reputation of “cannibal islands”. To date, you can participate in the Sigatoka Cannibal Cave Safari.
Notable for its massive size and unusual natural features, this cave was once a stronghold for a cannibal tribe and still contains a cannibal oven and other reminders of that horrific history.
3. The Democratic Republic of Congo
In the Democratic Republic of Congo stories of cannibalism have been apocryphal for 50 years.
But at a United Nations meeting in 2003, Sinafasi Makelo, a representative of the Mbuti Pygmies, claimed his people were being eaten alive.
It was alleged that the army, rebels and tribal fighters pursued the Mbuti Pygmies into the forests, killing and eating them.
Some fighters would have believed that eating their flesh would give them magical power.
4. Papua New Guinea
The Korowai tribe was only recently discovered, and it is believed that the western world had no contact with them until 1970.
Papua New Guinea is one of the countries in the world where it is no secret that cannibalism has been practiced in the past, and until recently.
The Korowai tribe is one of the last known tribes in the world to have been cannibalistic.
The Korowai believe in evil spirits, and so it was necessary to kill and eat a person they believed had been taken over by a “khakua”, or demon.
The practice is said to still be practiced today, and some members of the tribe will say so. But some observers suspect that claim is just a good story that lives up to expectations.
Doctors Without Borders began working in Liberia in 1990 in response to the first Liberian civil war, which killed more than 250,000 people.
After the war, Doctors Without Borders found evidence of cannibalistic practices during the war, which they passed on to Amnesty International.
Evidence from DWB is believed to have been covered up, with Liberia’s secretary general saying: ‘What they do with the bodies after human rights abuses have been committed is not within our mandate or our concern .
During a war crimes trial, it was claimed by a former close aide that former Liberian President Charles Taylor ordered his militias to eat the flesh of captured enemies and UN soldiers.
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While cannibalism was relatively widespread under the Pol Pot regime compared to other periods, the consumption of human organs in Cambodia, especially in warfare, dates back hundreds of years.
Cambodian soldiers fighting in the Khmer Rouge rebellion have been accused of ripping hearts and livers from the bodies of Khmer Rouge soldiers. People ate just to survive, living on what little was available at the time.
It is believed that if they ate the liver of a defeated enemy, they would transfer bravery to themselves.
7. Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
In 2011, German tourist Stefan Ramin went missing during a traditional goat hunt in scenic Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia.
He was reportedly promised an authentic experience on the shipwrecked island, but his remains were unfortunately later found near a campfire.
It is believed to have been “cut into pieces” and then burned by a tribe, suspected of cannibalism.
8. Miami, Florida
Cannibal Rudy Eugene unwittingly attacked Ronaldo Poppo on a Florida highway in 2012.
During the 18-minute filmed encounter, Eugene accused Poppo of stealing his Bible, beat him unconscious, took off Poppo’s pants, and bit most of Poppo’s face above the beard ( including his left eye), leaving him blind in both eyes.
Rudy was shot dead by police to make him stop the horrific attack that made headlines across the world and stunned the American people.
9. Rotenburg, Germany
Armin Meiwes became known as the real Hannibal Lecter after it was revealed that he killed and ate Bernd-Jürgen Bra.
He was sentenced to life in prison for killing and eating a willing victim he found via the Internet.
Brandes, who had traveled from Berlin, was sexually aroused by the thought of being consumed, Meiwes said.
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.