cannibalism


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cannibalism

Nutrition
The eating of the flesh of one human by another.

Pathology
A term of art used in cytology for the partial or complete engulfing of one malignant cell by another, a not-uncommon finding in adenocarcinomas in pleural and peritoneal effusions.

Cannibalism
Symbolic
Surrogate flesh (e.g., bread wafers), is consumed to symbolise unification with a higher power; as in the sacrament Eucharist, in which Christ’s body is seen as imbued in the wafer distributed by the celebrant.

Although not known as cannibalism, the “eating” of the body of Christ, as practised by Christians, derives from certain practices by the ancient Greeks in which blood or body parts from priests were consumed; the sacrament of the Eucharist is believed by some to originate in eucharistia, Greek for gratitude.

Dietary/gastronomic
Eating of people for food.

Ritualistic
Actual flesh is consumed, divided into: 
• Endo-cannibalism—Consumption of a blood relative, respected and loved in life (see Morbid affection);
• Exo-cannibalism—flesh of those outside of one’s tribe, the typically fallen warriors, medicine men and virgins, were eaten to gain, respectively, bravery, wisdom and purity.
 
Necessity
Survival cannibalism.

cannibalism

(kan'i-bal-izm?)
The human consumption of human flesh.
See: kuru

cannibalism

The act or practice of eating the flesh of members of the same species.

cannibalism

the eating of flesh of living members of the same or similar species. It is common only in pigs and chickens and is due partly to boredom because of the confined space in which the animals are kept. See also infantophagia.
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However, instead of viewing this lack of language as a defect in Falk's character, it is my conviction that the grammar of barbarism and cannibalism embedded in the colonialist discourse of people like Hermann, combined with the overwhelming evidence of Falk's parsimony and rumours of a previous courtship, all conspire to render him inarticulate, with the status of the outcast or the Other.
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Loichot writes that the "overuse of the metaphor of cannibalism is dangerous because it (1) reinforces the projection of cannibalism and savagery onto Caribbean people; (2) it can be culturally inappropriate because it is based on concept mistranslations; and (3) it loses stable meaning because of its overuse and conceptual slipperiness" (xxx).
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Previously, written documents from the period called "the starving time" contained references to the practice - one settler wrote he killed, "salted" and consumed his wife - but this is the first scientific evidence for cannibalism.
Louise Noble's Medicinal Cannibalism in Early Modern English Literature and Culture is a rich and fascinating study of the early modern investment in the healing power of the human body.
What people actually do in an anthropophagic sense is as much a question as what the very concept of cannibalism does: cannibalism, Peter Hulme explains, "exists as a term within colonial discourse to describe the ferocious devouring of human flesh supposedly practiced by some savages.
Aggression may positively relate to food limitation; nest mates compete for food and aggressive interactions may end in siblicide (Mock 1984, Mock and Parker 1997) and even cannibalism (Stanback and Koenig 1992).