We might think that cannibalism exists only within books and movies. As scary as the idea is, the horrifying ritual is practiced in some pockets of the world. Though human culture accepts weird taboos, cannibalism is something we stay away from. These rituals mainly exist in the deepest parts of the world, mainly with people who are cut off from any kind of civilization. The weird and disturbing ritual is followed by these people for numerous reasons. From religious ceremonies to an extreme, desperate need, whether it’s legal or not, the practice continues. Here are 10 such spots from around the world where people with strange desires exist.
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1. Papua New Guinea: The Korowai.
In southeastern West Papua, close to the border with Papua New Guinea, there lives a tribe called the Korowai. Around 4,000 of the tribesmen cut themselves off from the rest of the world. In fact, their existence was unknown until 1970, before other civilizations discovered the remote tribe. According to their beliefs, a witch man kills off members of the group. In order to take revenge for the death, the tribe believe that it is their duty to consume the dead man’s carcass.
2. Cambodia: The brutal Khmer Rouge regime.
The Khmer Rouge was a brutal regime that came to power from 1975-1979 and claimed the lives of two million people. The regime was led by the Marxist leader Pol Pot, who tried to revert Cambodia back to the Middle Ages. The Khmer Rouge originated in the 1960’s as the armed wing of the Communist Party of Kampuchea. Consisting of brutal guerilla warriors of the time, they used cannibalistic tactics and forced people from the cities to work on communal farms in the countryside. The members of the group took part in cannibalism since they considered their enemies to be of lower class. It was also done in the most sadistic way possible in order to hurt their victims.
3. West Africa: The Leopard Men.
The Leopard Men or Leopard Society was a West African secret society which originated during the late 1870’s. The secret society practiced the ritual of cannibalism. During the 20th century, French colonial officials in Libreville, Gabon, started finding corpses of locals. The victims were not diseased or known to be in any kind of altercations that would lead to their deaths. Most of the bodies were beheaded, mutilated and even contained gashes like a massive leopard’s claw marks. The Leopard Society were behind the killings that mainly focused on weary travelers. The followers of this bizarre ritual used knives to replicate leopard claws and attacked innocent people with the belief that it was strengthening their tribe.
4. The Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Mbuti Pygmies are being attacked by the Marauding rebels who are massacring and eating pygmies within the dense forests. According to UN officials who are investigating the allegations of cannibalism, Sinafasi Makelo, a spokesman for the Mbuti Pygmies, came forward with the claim. The incident is known to occur in the Ituri province where rebel fighters are capturing and butchering pygmies.
5. Tanna, Vanuatu: Cargo Cult.
In the island of Tanna, Vanuatu, exists a religion known as the Cargo Cult. The islanders of the South Pacific developed this unusual religion shortly after World War II. The concept of the religion oriented around the cargo that the Europeans and Americans considered as wealth. Since then, they believed that with proper ceremonies and rituals, they would be gifted with riches and wealth from the heavenly place. Today, the followers perform acts of violence on their enemies and even eat them alive. It’s one of their beliefs that by consuming their victims, they gain power and become invisible. Apart from that, the idea that the ritual of cannibalism will make goods fall out of the sky encourages them to claim even more victims.