Subject: Customary Cannibal Comforts

Date: 17 Dec 1997 00:00:00 GMT

From: mumthra@radix.net (MegaLiz)

Organization: MotPU: Where Binary Moodswings are ALWAYS on the Menu

Newsgroups: alt.foot.fat-free, alt.slack

 

 

 

 

 

I read a very disturbing article today. It seems that some maverick

anthropologist is under attack for asserting that habitual cannibalism

does not now, and never did exist.

 

Among other things, he explains that reports of cannibalism are made

by other competitve or hostile tribes, but that NONE of the groups

labelled as cannibals present THEMSELVES as cannibals, e.g. the

Chinese claimed that the Koreans were cannibals and vice versa. This

leads ANY reasonable reader to wonder if there had been a series of

translation problems wherein the word for "assholes" is nearly the

same as the word for "flesh eaters." Just a thought.

 

The idea that there is no HARD EVIDENCE of habitual people eaters

miffed some somebody else whose life's work has been proving from bone

fragments that the Anasazi (sp?) were munching each other like there

was no need for population growth tomorrow. Hmmm.

 

The rebel also pointed out that no anthropologist had ever witnessed

any human flesh feast first hand. This was news to ME.

 

I find all this tremendously depressing to think about. I mean, it

reminds me of the time my mom was about to have a hysterectomy.

Because I didn't trust the doctor, I objected and pointed out that I

didn't think it was a good idea to yank her uterus just because it was

UNATTRACTIVE in a lumpy sort of way. Besides, I told her, it would

really bother me if she had it removed, not because I NEEDED it any

more, but it was comforting to know that it was ALIVE even if it has

long ceased to be FUNCTIONAL for ME.

 

Just so with the cannibals: I just liked to think that they were out

there SOMEWHERE even if they'd never get a chance to serve me.

 

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