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Written by Daniel Korn, Mark Radice & Charlie Hawes. Published by Channel 4 Books, London in 2001. Paperback with 288 pages illustrated with photographs in centre pages. The centre photograph pages are threatening to come loose; this book read once is in tidy condition.

Also covers the New Zealand Maori; 8 pages plus photograph.

Excellent reading!

Cannibalism holds a morbid fascination for the Western world. From Victorian tales of the `missionary in the pot` to the iconic status of modern cinema`s cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lector.

Cannibal is an unsettling scrutiny of this behaviour through history and throughout the world today which finds that, far from being an extraordinary and deviant aberration, the eating of people by people is a common human theme that crosses all ages and cultures.

Cannibal places these chilling tales alongside no less strange happenings from our own culture - the eating of afterbirth and the Christian church`s ritualised eating of the body of Christ. Also the cannibals of our time from Jeffrey Dahmor to Issei Sagawa.

This book reveals the full range and breadth of people-eating from Russia to FIJI, from homo erectus to modern man, and from archaeological and forensic evidence to the latest theories of psychologists and behavioural scientists.

Other areas of interest from the book: Gough’s Cave England, Fontbrégoua Cave France; Anasazi; Mesoamerica; Cimbri; Bakola Fiji.

New Zealand: There was not a man aboard Endeavour who, in the event of the ship’s breaking up, would not have preferred to drown rather than be left to the mercy of the Maoris. For as Endeavour slowly circled the North Island, those few words spoken by the Maori boys – ‘Do not put us ashore there; it is inhabited by our enemies who will kill and eat us’ – began to grow into a hideous reality. Yet even as fresh evidence came to light that these people were indeed cannibals, the ship’s company still refused to believe the truth their eyes told them.
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