Friday, November 25, 2011

Australian Cannibalism


When an Australian Bushman died, his body was lowered into a grave where a special kind of gravedigger awaited it. This person's job was to slice up the corpse and hand out bits of the flesh to the mourners. The order in which the relatives partook of the feast was strictly prescribed. A mother ate from her children, and children from their mother, A man could eat his sister's husband and his brother's wife. A father, however, could not eat his children, nor children their father.