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Eating Mummy: Medicinal Corpse Cannibalism

Updated on November 8, 2017
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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.

Noble Cannibals

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. Legend has it that the corpse had to steep for a long time. Maybe even decades or centuries.

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.

Minimum Daily Requirement of Corpses

Before modern science and the advent of techniques like the scientific method, it was considered close enough to have a rationale for doing something and then doing it. And just as in fables there was the notion of gaining a dragon's strength and wisdom from eating its heart, in real life people thought they could gain say the strength and valor of warriors by eating their flesh. Also anemic or sick people thought they could get the nutrients they lacked by eating the dead flesh of others.

There were also notions like sympathetic magic where in you might consume something to develop some trait. For instance, some eat ground up rhino horns because they thing it will act as an aphrodisiac.


The notion that it's a good idea to eat human flesh arises in some odd and unexpected circumstances. Anyone who has taken communion for instance has heard of the notion that through some miracle grape juice and crackers become blood and flesh and still you are supposed to eat and thereby have good thing happen to you. Looks like the Donner Party were not the only folks feasting on flesh.

Vampires and Zombies

Vampires are know to like to get their blood transfusions the hear way. Orally and through sharp pointy teeth.

Zombies favor the brain or brainz if you like.

Ghouls are whole food people who apparently like to eat all parts of the corpse.

There was a popular play awhile back called Sweeny Todd I believe. If I remember right, the barber Todd killed people and his partner in crime turned the corpse into food which was sold to the townspeople.

Mummy Brown

They did not only eat corpses in ancient times, they also, until fairly recently, ground up mummies and used them make paint. They called the paint mummy brown.


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


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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Hello Cynthia. My, you are looking tasty today! Thanks for dropping by. We are fresh out of mummies today but we will let you know when a new shipment comes in!

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      Cynthia Hoover 3 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      I for one can see no fault in indulging in eating the flesh of humans for survival. Odds are I would be the first to die (short, chunky, t-rex arms) I would hope that others would jump at the chance fir survival! It tastes like chicken right!?

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      SandyMertens we can only be glad that things have changed. Part of what makes some of the actions of the more backward folk in the world so horrifying is that apparently, things have not changed for them.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This is a horrible thought. I would hate to think of someone feasting on me when I die.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      FlourishAnyway it does seem hard to believe doesn't it? But before science entered the picture people thought very differently about the living and the dead than we do.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Wow, what an interesting topic you have here!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Nadine its good to hear from you. When you said SA I first thought it meant South America.

      Now as to whether or not this or that historical person ate flesh we may never know. I have no problem with anyone choosing to believe they did not if it helps them sleep better at night but....

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Grrrrrrr that was a truly grim subject to write about. I never even eat meat in general, so for me to even imagine this horrible idea about eating human flesh made me almost puck. We do not celebrate Halloween in SA and now I know why. Well Ive learned something anyway. That Leonardo da Vinci and King Charles II are thought to have indulged in corpse consumption. True or false?