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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 JournalismIllustrated With Photographs Raffaele Took During His Travels, Among The Cannibals Is A Gripping Look At Some Of The Unsavory Aspects Of Human Civilization, Guaranteed To Satisfy Every Reader S Morbid Curiosity


10 thoughts on “Among the Cannibals: Adventures on the Trail of Man's Darkest Ritual

  1. says:

    What could be worse than a dog eat dog world Oh I was of two very different minds about this book Australian Paul Raffaele is a feature writer for Smithsonian He has covered many parts of the globe in his work for that venerable institution And he travels far for this work, looking into that darkest of human activities He investigates special meat eaters in New Guinea, India, Tonga, ancient Mexico, and Africa We have a certain image in mind of what cannibals might look like I mean in the real world, not the dark imagination of Thomas Harris or the psychosis of some of our aberrant criminals They would probably live on Pacific Islands, or remotest Africa or South America, use primitive technology and have acquired a taste for missionary over easy Mostly, but not entirely the case Cannibalism of one kind or another had been common around our globe through the millennia, and yet the classic Western image of cannibals is a terrified white Christian missionary in pith helmet crouching in a large outdoor cooking pot, the logs burning fiercely as wild eyed African warriors in grass skirts dance about him shaking their spears Their glinting eyes show their eagerness to tuck into their human meal In truth there is not one record of a missionary ending up in an African cook pot The cannibals invariably ate one another The book offers interesting, surprising, and very disturbing information about a practice most of us certainly me thought had vanished from human behavior The reasons for chowing down on such forbidden fruit vary High on the list is to degrade and strike fear into one s enemies Another is to honor close relations Some even consider eating human flesh a form of religiousity The Korowai people of New Guinea justify their practices by maintaining that victims had already been killed by evil spirits and it was only the evil spirits that had taken over the body that was being devoured Kilikili says he has killed no fewer than 30 khakhua male witches from Smithsonian.comThe practice is supposedly a thing of the past in New Guinea, but I would not like to place too high a wager on that Raffaele s looks at the practice in Tonga and Aztec Mexico are firmly planted in the past Unfortunately, there are still people eaters today There is a Hindu sect in India, the Aghoris, whose holy men chow down on you know what as the supreme demonstration of their sanctity They even sit atop rotting corpses as a show of devotion and Raffaele reports some particularly unspeakable acts in which they engage, that I will not report on here.An image of this cheerful Aghori is sure to help you sleep at night And no, wiseass, it is not a self portrait I cannot really fold my legs like that for any length of time, and I keep my hair and beard much shorter these days But there is worse to come His report on the activities of the Lord s Resistance Army of northern Uganda takes the eating of human flesh to whole new level of depravity, a true heart of darkness This information is the stuff of nightmares Very disturbing.I have a major gripe with the book The cover is sprightly It shows a hand reaching up out of a large cooking pot writing the book title Lower down on the page is an icon that repeats inside as a section divider, a skull and crossbones in which the crossbones have been replaced with a knife and fork One might get the impression that the information contained within would fulfill the silly graphics We know that even such darkness can produce smiles Sondheim s Sweeney Todd the stage version, not the very disappointing film , for example, is probably the only Broadway musical to have cannibalism as a central focus Devouring scenery does not count And while my personal favorite all time Broadway show was rather dark, it still maintained a significant level of humor Todd What is that Lovett It s Priest Have a little priest.Todd Is it really good Lovett Sir, It s too good, at least.And of course it don t commit sins of the fleshSo it s pretty freshTodd Awful lot of fatLovett Only where it satTodd Haven t you got poet or something like that Lovett No, you see the trouble with poet is how do you know it s deceased Stick to priest.And so on The light touch promised by the cover art for this book does not deliver as promised There is nothing at all amusing about children living today who are forced to eat human flesh under pain of death In that way the book offers a bait and switch, promising a light touch, but delivering a deep gouge.I also found the author at times personally off putting While in Tonga, he felt it necessary to comment on his translator s physical attributes in a way that came across as salacious Waiting outside and holding aloft my name printed in marker pen on a pad is a round faced, bright eyed girl who looks to be in her early twenties She is clad in a Congo style ankle nudging cotton dress that fits tightly about her neatly rounded thighs, and a short sleeved top printed with a spray of red orchids that clings to her firm high breasts She has woven her hair in to strands festooned with colored beads Unlike most of the women at the airport who are laden with fat and boasting the enormous bottoms that most African men are said to lust for, she is sleek and silky Either his editor was not doing a good job, or the author exercised an ill advised veto Raffaele does not come across as a particularly deep thinker and this is not a scholarly investigation of a very dark side of humanity There is only passing mention of the Catholic sacrament of Communion, in which practicing Catholics consume the body and blood of Christ There is even less on the sundry cannibalistic psychopaths who have come to public notice Are there any studies indicating when and where it might have begun Raffaele does note that it existed in prehistory Records go back at least as far as Herodotus well before Soylent Green of such culinary preferences, and it lasted into the 19th century, at least How about a comparison with other species How widespread is the practice in the animal kingdom Are we really different from what we consider lower orders For a analytical look at the subject you might consider Carole Travis Henikoff s book, Dinner With a Cannibal The Complete History of Mankind s Oldest Tabboo An NPR interview offers a taste of what she has to offer Among the Cannibals definitely offers new and intriguing information Be forewarned that you will need a strong stomach to get through it all But, because it was so much not what was expected, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth EXTRA STUFFTo remove the taste, you might consider taking in a bit of Sweeney Another gem from the vaults is a song by Sheb Wooley that was actually a 1 hit when I was a tyke If you get an invitation to the Donner Party, I would pass And of course, every abomination must have an advocate, so you might want to see the modest proposal the folks at Zebra Punch offer, while humming their particular version of Barbara Streisand s classic tune, about why we should eat people There is an interesting item on cannibalism in WikipediaRaffaele s article for Smithsonian Magazine, Sleeping with Cannibals, was the basis for the book


  2. says:

    Rather disappointing I had heard the author interviewed on NPR and the subject of the book contemporary cannibalism was intriguing but in the book the author came off as the upstart adventurer trying to get his picture taken with the man eating natives Oooooh Look at the scary cannibal His tone was often rather condescending towards the people and cultures he was visiting, and frequently misogynistic I almost stopped reading several times, but it was just interesting enough that I kept on.His chapter entitled Suffer the Little Children felt incongruous with the rest of the book, the horrific accounts of child soldiers in Uganda forced to kill and eat other children a demonic act with the dual purpose of terrorizing the children so they wouldn t run away and making it so that they would be too shamed to return home just seemed so out of place nestled in with chapters of warriors and priests who delighted in the power that eating human flesh gave them I cringed internally as he accounted visiting camps for children rescued from the LRA Lord s Resistance Army and going around asking these traumatized kids if they had eaten humans Very interesting subject But this book didn t do it justice.


  3. says:

    Summary Paul Raffaele goes and looks for cannibals Why I Read This It was about cannibals Review This book was going to get 2 stars because it was interesting but poorly written and pretty poor journalism Then, in the last chapter except the epilogue the author took at shot at Catholicism not for being Cannibalistic when he mentioned the Eucharist, which was one sentence, he literally said the opposite of what Catholics actually believe I don t have it on me, but he said something like, when the body and blood of Christ is turned into bread and wine No, honey, transubstantiation works the other way So that probably tells you a little bit about his abilities as a journalist It s only one of the central mysteries of the Catholic faith Deep Breath Anyways, what got to me was was his page and a half diatribe on how ridiculous it was that anyone could possibly believe Juan Diego That Juan Diego was clearly a con artist, and Our Lady of Guadalupe was clearly made up That s when I pretty much gave up There was no point in the book where Raffaele even pretended to be un biased during his investigations and that came through quite clear He had a pre judgement towards anyone who ate human flesh, whether they were killing and then eating or just eating the dead, whether they were Stone Age tribes or parts of modern religions I m not a big fan of cannibals myself, but I read the book because I was interested in seeing someone else s point of view, someone who actually believed in it but I really only got Raffaele s point of view.This book is a great example of how un journalistic books by journalists can be.


  4. says:

    Before I get into anything, if you see this book, please pick it up You don t have to read it, but go to the back flap and check out the author s picture That is all.But if you are interested in cannibalism, you might want to read this It wasn t my favorite book in the world but it had its moments Raffaele spends time with the Korowai in New Guinea, the Aghori sect in India, Tongans, victims of the Lord s Resistance Army LRA in Uganda, and travels to Mexico City to study the Aztecs.The most heartwrenching chapters are about the child victims of the LRA who were abducted in their homes and forced to kill other children and to eat them The point of forcing children to commit such heinous acts was to shame them so much that they would never feel able to rejoin their families and villages again These children were abused in so many horrific ways and it was shocking to me that I had never heard about this Children being forced to eat other children isn t big enough news Why isn t there anything being done about this It s utterly depressing and makes me want to head over to the few places they have set up for rescued children I want to hold them and tell them that it wasn t their fault and that they re still good children despite what they were forced to do.My emotions aside, the book is so so I liked that Raffaele points out that we re all human, regardless of whether we live in faraway places in tree houses or not What I did not like was that sometimes he went overboard and it seemed as if he assumed he knew everything about a group of people and their traditions based on spending two weeks with them Not good enough, in my humble opinion But you judge for yourself


  5. says:

    cannibals existed and continue to exist i didn t realize that a debate raged around this proposition, i always took it for granted, but then, i read too many adventure novels as a kid where the intrepid white adventurers found the loincloth clad islanders feasting on one of their compatriots as it should be, in most cases i mean, if the islanders had only eaten all of the intrepid adventurers, they might have seriously delayed the white man s coming to fuck them over.anyway, i found this book to be really interesting and thought provoking, being a mix of adventure journalism, succinct and relevant to the book history lessons, and the author s travel diary the best chapters are the ones about the korowai of new guinea and the cannibal mystics of benares, being the ones about true modern cannibals the chapters recounting his trip to uganda to meet the lra s baby cannibals are heartbreaking and disturbing, and i m not sure entirely appropriate to a book about cannibals are you a cannibal if you are forced at gunpoint to eat flesh, with the purpose of isolating you from humanity, except nominally fuck you, joseph kony, and curse you to a thousand million hells, if only you could see this.the chapter on the aesthetic cannibals of mexico and latin america is too short, but interesting nonetheless i wonder if, were i to find myself in the place of kornelius, being offered human flesh as the olive branch of peace by the cannibal clan i meant to live with and study, i would accept it and how would i feel then weird


  6. says:

    It might seem strange to buy a book about cannibalism on a whim, but I suspect my grad school friends won t be surprised at my dark and bizarre research interests Raffaele uses an adventure travelogue format to discuss both historic and contemporary cannibalism He offers a fascinating look at the groups who still practice cannibalism and explains the various religious superstitious cultural psychological reasons behind it He doesn t always seem like the right man for the job, however I m not saying he had to eat human meat himself to get the story, but sometimes his level of squeamishness and knee jerk reactions to all cannibalism, regardless of intentions and understanding of the people engaging in it, hurt his willingness to ask the right questions I don t know if I would have been able to keep my journalistic head while a tribal chief was brandishing human skulls at me either, but then I didn t decide to write a book on modern cannibals Overall, however, the intriguing and surprising material carries the narrative, and it s certainly a captivating read.I do feel like I need to mentally and emotionally separate the book into two sections, however the chapters on cannibalistic beliefs and cultures that are intellectually interesting, and the chapter on Kony and the LRA forcing children to cannibalize their companions, which will turn your stomach and rip your heart out.


  7. says:

    I agree with most of the other reviews of this book great premise, interesting topic, but a bit uneven throughout The first section on New Guinean cannibals was fascinating, the Indian Aghoras was an interesting section, although it begins to falter during the Tongan piece, and then he gets a little lost and bland, then it picks up when talking about the Ugandan child soldiers The Aztec section was interesting but I agree that the author seemed somehow unwilling to see that acculturation and not necessarily evil acts could be a legitimate reason for cannibalism He seems to get caught between idealizing the savage native and reviling him And I don t know that I would count the Aghora s eating burning flesh from a funeral pyre as cannibalism per se Clearly forcing at gunpoint children to kill another child and then eat that child is evil and unconscionable but seeking enlightenment through the conquering of your own fears and not hurting anyone in the process very different.But the whole book was very informative not only about cannibalism, but about complex social and political histories around the world And the writing was largely engaging.


  8. says:

    This book was intense I question the sanity of its author, who meets a guide in Papua New Guinea, places his life in the man s hands, and canoes up the river to meet cannibals I mean, I know he s not going to be killed, because apparently he survived to write the book, but yikes It was much too exciting to read before bed.I was fascinated by the explanation of why it s okay to kill and eat people Apparently they aren t really people, but creatures who have captured people, hollowed them out, and inhabited their bodies in order to cause harm to others These Papua cannibals never eat women, because they aren t ever attacked by the evil spirits Men, however, had better never make anyone else enviousI m only giving the book 3 stars because I m going to sell it without finishing it I could see that it was heading into darker territory the children forced to kill and eat their friends in Uganda was going to be too intense for me.If you like this sort of thing, you ll love this book.


  9. says:

    A sign of my waning interest was that I started looking up other reactions on Goodreads, and I was barely past the first section of the book And I can probably offer little than Ditto to most of the sentiments some interesting stuff with the section on meeting an actually cannibalistic tribe, but the book overall works too much on proxy That, or I m just not one with a lot of appeal fo rthe adventure writer genre The level of detail gets distracting than meaningful, and the emphasis seems to be in the moment than reflective or research backed I guess I ll have to look elsewhere for a good cannibal book.


  10. says:

    A great premise and interesting explorations However, this reads like someone who followed the techniques of anthropology in the age of imperialism wrote it while I appreciate his honesty in his discomfort he writes as if the rest of us would also be uncomfortable not only with cannibalism but with people who are not part of western culture and gasp fat people I found this distracting to the point of not being able to enjoy the book There s also a painful chapter where he interviews children and women who experienced horrible war crimes and thinking of this guy talking to these people seems incredibly violating.