Cannibalism is very much still alive today despite being considered repulsive by the vast majority of societies.
There are, however, areas where eating human flesh is ingrained in tradition and a part of the culture.
People turn to cannibalism for a number of reasons, ranging from religious ceremonies to an extreme, desperate need.
Whether legal or otherwise, the practice continues and here are the nine hot spots where cannibals can dine among friends.
Germany’s answer to Hannibal Lecter, Armin Meiwes, fulfilled his dream of consuming human flesh by placing an ad for a willing volunteer. Luckily for him, he tracked down dinner in the form of a willing 43-year-old, Bernd randes. The duo dined on Bernd’s genitals before Armin stabbed him with a 12-inch knife. He was later arrested for murder as cannibalism is not a crime in Germany.
In 2012, a Japanese man named Mao Sugiyama posted a tweet advertising a one-of-a-kind meal. He offered to sever his genitals, and then have them cooked and served to those willing to pay $250 for a plate. He found takers, and the meal took place. While folks in Japan and elsewhere were outraged by the story, no charges were brought. Cannibalism isn’t expressly illegal in Japan.
Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia.
In 2011, German tourist Stefan Ramin went missing while on a traditional goat hunt in Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia. His remains were later found near a campfire and it is believed that he was “hacked to pieces” and burned by a tribe suspected of cannibalism.
It’s believed German tourist Stefan Ramin was chopped up before being eaten.
In the town of Yunnan, a man named Zhang Yongming embarked on a macabre murder spree from 2008 to 2012. Over that period, he captured and then killed eleven men, cutting up their remains and preserving their eyeballs in jars. It’s what he did with the remains, though, that’s truly horrifying. He would take the meat to market, packaging and sell it as “ostrich meat.” He was found out and executed in 2013.
The Ganges River, India.
The Aghori, a sect of Indian Monks, perform cannibalistic rituals in order to gain spiritual enlightenment. Now with just 20 or so members, the group drink from human skull bowls and cover their body in burnt human remains. They do not, however, kill anyone for use in the ceremonies, using only the bodies of people who have already died. Aghori monks, like this one, live only on the cremated remains of others.
As the Syrian Civil War continues to unfold before the world’s eyes, people are almost becoming immune to the scenes of horror there. However, not even the most hardened person could have remained steely in the fact of a video that emerged in 2013, which depicted a rebel fighter named Abu Sakkar opening the body of another soldier with his knife and taking a bite.