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Eaters of the dead : myths and realities of cannibal monsters

Author: Kevin J Wetmore, Jr.
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2021.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Every culture has monsters that eat us, and every culture repels in horror when we eat ourselves. From Grendel to medieval Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean, and from the Ghuls of ancient Persia to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, tales of being consumed are both universal and universally terrifying. In this book, Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. explores the full range of monsters that eat the dead: ghouls, cannibals, wendigos, and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wetmore, Kevin J., Jr., 1969-
Eaters of the dead.
London, UK : Reaktion Books, Ltd, 2021
(OCoLC)1268411159
(OCoLC)1227268614
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin J Wetmore, Jr.
ISBN: 9781789144451 1789144450
OCLC Number: 1313257243
Description: 1 online resource (272 pages ): illustrations.
Contents: Introduction: the fear of being eaten --
Sky burial, cyclops and the conqueror worm --
Eating the gods, gods eating men --
Grendel and the ogres --
Ghūls and ghouls --
Asian and Oceanian flesh-eaters and corpse-devourers --
Wendigo --
Human cannibals --
Flesh-eating in popular culture and contemporary reality --
Conclusion: we can't stop eating.
Responsibility: Kevin J. Wetmore Jr.

Abstract:

Every culture has monsters that eat us, and every culture repels in horror when we eat ourselves. From Grendel to medieval Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean, and from the Ghuls of ancient Persia to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, tales of being consumed are both universal and universally terrifying. In this book, Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. explores the full range of monsters that eat the dead: ghouls, cannibals, wendigos, and other beings that feast on human flesh. Moving from myth through history to contemporary popular culture, Wetmore considers everything from ancient Greek myths of feeding humans to the gods, through sky burial in Tibet and Zoroastrianism, to actual cases of cannibalism in modern societies. By examining these seemingly inhuman acts, Eaters of the Dead reveals that those who consume corpses can teach us a great deal about human nature--and our deepest human fears.

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