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Eating Mummy: Medicinal Corpse Cannibalism

Updated on October 5, 2015

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.

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


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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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?