Dinner with a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo

Dinner with a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo

Carole A Travis-Henikoff

Language: English

Pages: 333

ISBN: 1595800301

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Presenting the history of cannibalism in concert with human evolution, Dinner with a Cannibal takes its readers on an astonishing trip around the world and through history, examining its subject from every angle in order to paint the incredible, multifaceted panoply that is the reality of cannibalism. At the heart of Carole A. Travis-Henikoff’s book is the question of how cannibalism began with the human species and how it has become an unspeakable taboo today. At a time when science is being battered by religions and failing teaching methods, Dinner with a Cannibal presents slices of multiple sciences in a readable, understandable form nested within a wealth of data. With history, paleoanthropology, science, gore, sex, murder, war, culinary tidbits, medical facts, and anthropology filling its pages, Dinner with a Cannibal presents both the light and dark side of the human story; the story of how we came to be all the things we are today.

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believe, so shall it be CHAPTER SEVEN H RELIGIOUS ACTS “O you who believe, you shall avoid any suspicion, for even a little bit of suspicion is sinful. You shall not spy on one another, nor shall you backbite one another; this is as abominable as eating the flesh of your dead brother. You certainly abhor this. You shall observe GOD. GOD is Redeemer, Most Merciful” —Koran 49:12 T hree hundred miles south of Cairo, seven Muslim farmers set out to gather sabakh, a rich nitrogen

like statements found in the Old Testament prompted future generations to look upon all cannibals as savages, and were used as excuses by Ferdinand and Isabella when they decreed that all cannibals were to be put to the sword or the flames of Inquisitor priests. While overt acts of cannibalism are confined to the Old Testament, the New Testament commands the practice of symbolic cannibalism to all who believe in Christ. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting

his scientific findings in order to escape the flames of the Inquisitors) and Voltaire (who stood up for a French nobleman convicted of blasphemy; nonetheless the man was tortured, beheaded and burned to ashes along with a copy of Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary). Hundreds of other brilliant minds from the fields of science, music, art, and letters lived through and died by the Inquisition. Some of them, such as Giordano Bruno, who refused to recant, were burned at the stake for their

Aborigines, who are worse off today than ever before. As noted previously, recent DNA studies have shown that we all have cannibals in our closets, though many continue to argue against the genetic evidence brought forth by Collinge and Mead. The reaction of the antagonists is natural. History has proven repeatedly that it takes time to shatter strongly held beliefs. Regardless, the histories of all nations offer like truths that infer that there are cannibals lurking in all of our ancestral

made a difference are the following professors, authors, professionals and mentors in the fields of paleoanthropology, archaeology, gastronomy, primatology, brain research, psychiatry, geology, genetics, law, particle physics and religion: John Morgan Allman, Juan Luis Arsuaga, Berhane Asfaw, Jean Auel, Carol Beckwith, Ron J. Clarke, Anna BelferCohen, Leigh Bienen, Robert Bloominshiem, C.K. Brain, Alison Brooks, Larry Burton, Frank Brown, Daniel Buxhoeveden, Basil Cooke, John Costello, Eric

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