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Dinner with a cannibal : the complete history of mankind's oldest taboo

Author: Carole A Travis-Henikoff
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Santa Monica Press, ©2008.
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Presenting the history of cannibalism in concert with human evolution, this account takes readers on an astonishing trip around the world and throughout history, painting the incredible, multifaceted realities of cannibalism. Focusing on how cannibalism began with the human species and how it has become an unspeakable taboo today, this study answers questions such as where, when, and how did shame and secrecy become  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carole A Travis-Henikoff
ISBN: 9781595800305 1595800301
OCLC Number: 154714349
Description: 333 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Christy G. Turner II --
pt. 1. How we got to where we are. --
The incredible foods we eat --
Ubiquitous food --
Inner workings --
Feet to meat --
Cannibalism, disease and genetics --
Dinner with a cannibal --
pt. 2. As you believe, so shall it be. --
Religious acts --
Murder and medicine --
Mesoamerica --
The lost culture of the Wari --
Through a distant window --
Infanticide --
Skeletons in our closets --
pt. 3. Cannibalism : past and present. --
Man the warrior --
Keep the river on your right --
Coming to the Americas --
Politics and the color red --
Africa : then and now --
pt. 4. Finale : looking back to the present. --
It's a wrap --
film at eleven.
Responsibility: Carole A. Travis-Henikoff ; foreword by Christy G. Turner II.
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Presenting the history of cannibalism in concert with human evolution, this account takes readers on an astonishing trip around the world and throughout history, painting the incredible, multifaceted realities of cannibalism. Focusing on how cannibalism began with the human species and how it has become an unspeakable taboo today, this study answers questions such as where, when, and how did shame and secrecy become connected with cannibalism? Why did some cannibals consume their enemies while others consumed their dead relatives? Did the eating of human flesh make them crazy? and What does it taste like? With careful anthropological and archaeological analysis and the telling of fascinating stories from around the world, this remarkable resource also includes details on the most famous real-life instances of cannibalism-including the Alive! incident in the Andes and the German Butcher of Hannover-and facts on infamous fictional cannibals such as Hannibal Lecter.--From the publisher.

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