By Paul Raffaele
It's the stuff of nightmares, the darkish suggestion for literature and movie. yet astonishingly, cannibalism does exist, and in Among the Cannibals shuttle author Paul Raffaele trips to the some distance corners of the globe to find members during this mysterious and tense perform. From an imprecise New Guinea river village, the place Raffaele went looking for one of many final training cannibal cultures in the world; to India, the place the Aghori sect nonetheless ritualistically consume their lifeless; to North the US, the place proof exists that the Aztecs ate sacrificed sufferers; to Tonga, the place the descendants of fierce warriors nonetheless take into account how their predecessors preyed upon their foes; and to Uganda, the place the unlucky sufferers of the Lord's Resistance military fight to reenter a society from which they've been violently torn, Raffaele brings this baffling cultural ritual to mild in a mix of Indiana Jones-type event and gonzo journalism.
Illustrated with images Raffaele took in the course of his travels, Among the Cannibals is a gripping examine many of the extra unsavory features of human civilization, absolute to fulfill each reader's morbid curiosity.
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Is this behavior by me or by us? Social interaction is a fission-fusion affair involving constant navigation of separateness and boundedness, affiliation and disaffiliation, and a tacking back and forth between inhabiting different social units. This has always-relevant consequences for our social relationships, both fleeting and enduring, and for the rights, duties, and mutual dispositions that define these relationships. Di s t r i b u t i o n of Ag e n c y [ 13 ] 14 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Thanks go to Paul Kockelman for his significant input to this work.
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Among the Cannibals: Adventures on the Trail of Man's Darkest Ritual by Paul Raffaele