Impolite Society: Tackling the Taboo, One Rude Question at a Time

Cannibalism, the Oldest Taboo... Or Is It?

August 23, 2021 Flyover Radio, Inc. Episode 21
Impolite Society: Tackling the Taboo, One Rude Question at a Time
Cannibalism, the Oldest Taboo... Or Is It?
Show Notes

The average human body contains 126,000 calories, or roughly the same amount as 225 Big Macs. This means that each of us is quite the feast, just waiting to be devoured.

This episode, we dig into cannibalism--fondly known as the oldest taboo. We trace cannibalism's journey from its prehistoric roots to how a sacred funeral rite became a big no-no in the "civilized" world and an excuse for dooming an entire continent. Join us as we dig into the different kinds of cannibalism, including the form we still may be partaking in to this day.

Big thanks to The Reluctant Historian podcast for this question! Check out their podcast here.

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Sources
Cannibalism: From Calories to Kuru - Gastropod
Eating People Is Wrong—But It's Also Widespread and Sacred - SAPIENS
Early Accounts of Cannibalism (cultofweird.com)
Conclusive evidence of American Indian cannibalism found | The Seattle Times
The Culture That Still Practices Cannibalism - KnowledgeNuts
Human cannibalism - Wikipedia 


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