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August 21, 2002

Eat this

Michael

From a review by Joan Acocella of Felipe Fernandez-Armesto's Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food:

But Fernandez-Armesto agrees with other historians that most cannibalism has been motivated not by physical hunger but by spiritual need. The Papuan Orokaiva, like many other cannibals on record, eat their enemies in order to capture their souls; the Gimi women of the Papuan highlands, until quite recently, ate their deceased menfolk in order to give them a congenial resting place. (" 'We could not have left a man to rot!' protest the women.") Fernandez-Armesto regards these practices as merely an extreme example of the attachment of symbolic meaning to food, and he compares them to contemporary 'health' diets aimed at enhancing one's beauty or tranquillity or moral worth. 'Strangely,' he writes, 'cannibals turn out to have a lot in common with vegans.'
--the New Yorker, August 19 & 26, 2002, p. 164

Cheers,

Friedrich

posted by Friedrich at August 21, 2002




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