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Terms / Themes
Anthropology provides two categories of Cannibalism:
cannibalism--sharing or transfer of power by drinking blood of enemy, chief,
cannibalism--the raft of the Medusa, Seige of Leningrad, various famines,
Uruguayan rugby team airplane crash in Andes 1972--Alive!
There is little to no
evidence that humans ever regularly practice cannibalism for nutrition or
is one of few absolute taboos (e.g., incest, child molestation) surviving in
may be seen as dehumanizing to perpetrator and victim.
dread disintegration of body, total domination by enemy
are dehumanized in turn--sign of barbarity
ingestion by self of other (or vice versa) violates self-other boundaries
- 1553, from Sp.
canibal "a savage, cannibal," from
Caniba, Christopher Columbus' rendition
of the Caribs' name for themselves, Galibi
"brave men." The natives were believed to be anthropophagites.
Columbus, seeking evidence that he was in Asia, thought the name
meant the natives were subjects of the Great
Khan. Shakespeare's Caliban (in
"The Tempest") is a version of this word, with
-n- and -l- interchanged, found
in Hakluyt's "Voyages" (1599). . . .
Zombie fiction & film as recent
manifestation of cannibalism-fear.