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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.
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cannibalism

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

The act or practice of eating the flesh of members of the same species.
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"El canibal es insaciable" reza su contraportada, aludiendo a la gran cantidad de personas del ambito economico y financiero que han elegido "mancharse las manos con dinero sucio", al no tener la fortaleza de rechazarlo por motivos eticos, dando lugar a las profundas crisis economicas de los ultimos anos.
De Bry construira o seu tupinamba canibal a partir do ideal renascentista do homem vitruviano sendo o unico criterio de diferenca os aderecos, os habitos retratados e a cor da pele.
En este caso Tarsila subrayo la nocion de antropofagia resemantizando el acto canibal, acentuando el procesamiento y la absorcion simbolica como factor de resistencia a la hegemonia europea, a quien finalmente deglutia como reafirmacion de las funciones constantes de vida y defuncion.
Chicangana-Bayona, en su propuesta, enlaza de manera interesante los aspectos de la cultura medieval y renacentista con la colonia americana al cuestionarse respecto a como se trata el problema del canibal en numerosas imagenes.
Esta retranscripcion presupone una nueva definicion de la funcion de la otredad canibal que podria definirse como "giro freudiano", y nos servira como bisagra entre los textos de Saer y Staden.