Where In The World Is It Legal To Be A Cannibal?

By Antonia Čirjak on May 10 2020 in Did You Know

It may surprise you, but cannibalism is actually legal in the majority of the world, even in the United States.
It may surprise you, but cannibalism is actually legal in the majority of the world, even in the United States.
  • Eating human flesh is a part of a tradition and culture in certain parts of the world.
  • Korowai tribe from Papua New Guinea eat the flesh of a dead member of their tribe as a way of symbolically taking revenge.
  • A sect of monks called Aghori, drink from human skulls and cover themselves in human remains but do not kill anyone to do so.

It may surprise you, but cannibalism is actually legal in the majority of the world, even in the United States. Well, technically. There are no laws that explicitly state that it is against the law to eat somebody. Cannibalism is defined as the consumption of another human’s body matter, regardless of whether it is consensual.

No laws forbid that act itself, but some laws make it impossible to cannibalize without breaking the law. These laws work indirectly, but cannibals break them by doing what they do, and as a result, cannibalism can be considered illegal. There are many countries where it works this way, including the United Kingdom. However, there are places in the world where there are no such laws, and cannibalism isn’t frowned upon as it is in most countries.

Reasons For Eating Human Flesh

There are many reasons why people turn to cannibalism, even though most consider it to be repulsive. Some do it because of desperate need, while there are societies where it is a part of religious ceremonies. In some parts of the world, eating human flesh is a part of their tradition and culture. We will talk about several notable examples in the rest of this article.

One of the places where eating human flesh is not frowned upon, but is, in fact, a part of the tradition, is Papua New Guinea. There is a tribe there called the Korowai, whose members believe that their members that die are being killed off by a witch man. They eat the flesh of a dead person as a way of symbolically taking revenge for the deaths of their comrades.

Cannibalistic Traditions In The World

The island of Fiji was known throughout history as the cannibal island, because of the large number of cannibalistic traditions that were present there. However, it has died off in recent times. Still, there is one tribe that remains there that continues to live as cannibals, and that is the unnamed tribe that lives in the Naihehe caves. Another interesting ceremony is being practiced near the Ganges river in India by the Aghori. The Aghori are a sect of monks that perform cannibalistic rituals. They drink from human skulls and cover themselves in human remains. However, they do not kill anyone.

In Liberia, medical experts found evidence of cannibalism while exploring after the First Liberian Civil War. They found remains of human bodies that were half eaten and sent this evidence to Amnesty International. However, they did not do any further investigation but instead tried covering the entire thing up. They claimed that it is not their concern. Some local tribes supposedly did the acts of cannibalism.

An especially gruesome case of cannibalism that was left unpunished happened in 2011 in Polynesia. A German tourist went missing while going on a traditional goat hunt. His tour guide tried assaulting his girlfriend as well, by tying her to a tree. She managed to escape, but the male tourist was not as lucky. Cannibals ate him, and his remains were found near a campfire. 

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