Cannibalism is still very much alive and well in today’s society in certain places around the world. Although considered disgusting in most locations, some uphold the practice as being deeply rooted in cultural tradition. The reasoning behind a person’s sudden desire to indulge in human flesh can range anywhere from serving as part of a religious ceremony or, sadly, extreme necessity.
Cannibals, eat your hearts out (or ours), because we have a list of nine places where cannibalism is still a thing, legally or otherwise.
1. The Naihehe Caves – Sigatoka, Fiji
Fiji was once referred to as “Cannibal Island,” however, much of the active practice of cannibalism was ended during the 19th century. The Naihehe Caves are home to the last known cannibalistic group left on the island.
2. Papua New Guinea
The Korowai, a tribe that lives along the Ndeiram Kabur River in Western New Guinea, uses cannibalism as a way to seek revenge. The nearly 4,000 tribesmen believe that a khakhua, or witch man, mysteriously kills off members of their tribe and it is their responsibility to consume the deceased’s body to exact revenge.