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The eating of the flesh of one human by another.
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.
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.
Eating of people for food.
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.
The human consumption of human flesh.See: kuru