Cannibalism (was Sentism)

Scott Badger (
Fri, 28 Aug 1998 00:12:25 -0500

Spike Jones <> wrote on
Date: Thursday, August 27, 1998 9:33 PM:

>Scott Badger wrote:
>> ...An anthropology professor I had told me that it was
>> one of the most tender and sweet meats in the world, which is why lions
>> the like become man-eaters...
>scott i would like to check that reference. i read somewhere that the
>of human flesh is revolting, even to those who are cannibals. likewise
>with chimp flesh. it is easy enough to check: do big cats go
>for chimps only when hungry, chasing antelope first when available?
>could your professor have been trying to squick the
>students just for fun? {8^D spike

Wouldn't put it past him. Not that this is a definitive response, but from the URL:

"The Easter Islanders' cannibalism was not exclusively a religious rite or the expression of an urge for revenge: it was also induced by a simple liking for human flesh that could impel a man to kill for no other reason than his desire for fresh meat. (Man was the only large mammal whose flesh was available) Women and children were the principal victims of these inveterate cannibals. The reprisals that followed such crimes were all the more violent because an act of cannibalism committed against the member of a family was a terrible insult to the whole family. As among the ancient Maoris, those who had taken part in the meal were entitled to show their teeth to the relatives of the victim and say, 'Your flesh has stuck between my teeth'. Such remarks were capable of rousing those to whom they were addressed to a murderous rage not very different from the Maly amok."

So where's the reference for your claim that human meat is revolting?