Eating Mummy: Medicinal Corpse Cannibalism
Your Ancestors Were Cannibals
It is Halloween and a young man's fancy turns to eating human flesh.
It turns out that our ancestors did not merely play at eating dead people. They actually did it. Oddly enough, many in the ancient world thought that eating corpses was a good thing. A healthy thing. They didn't wait until they were stranded in the middle of nowhere with no food or water to do it either. European nobility popped corpse morsels into their gobs whenever they got the chance.
Leonardo da Vinci and King Charles II are thought to have indulged in corpse consumption.
Anyone who studies fairy tale literature will come across a story or two that implies that the way to get an enemy's spirit or heart or even wisdom is to consume his flesh. By the way, what is transubstantiation?
Honey Flavored Corpses
Just in case I have cut a little too close to the bone for some of you, consider that in even more ancient times a dying man might be encouraged to change his diet to honey. And in fact, when he died, he might be buried in honey. After a time the corpse was considered medicinal and was eaten.
Human fat and human urine have also been considered to be healthy. Ancient Romans brushed their teeth with urine. Urine used to be considered sterile in a healthy person but is no longer considered as such. Nevertheless, there are still places in the world where urine may be put on burns.
Fine Young Cannibals
In more modern times cannibalism is usually used as a term in engineering and repair. A person would cannibalize one machine for instance to fix another, similar machine. Which is to say remove good parts in a machine that does not work for use in a broken machine that is missing the cannibalized parts.
And then there is that band called the Fine Young Cannibals and that other band called Cannibal Corpse
That's Some Good Corpse
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There was a story about a guy who decapitated a fellow bus passenger and ate him. The eater said that he thought the other guy was a space alien. You know, you're right. That explained everything. And then there was the guy who ate the brain of his m