Will you ever resort to cannibalism to survive?Created by:
Although the knee-jerk reaction to eating human flesh is strong, the actual morality and ethics behind those feelings aren't as simple as they first appear.This question comes to me when I was reading a book on famine in North Korea . I put myself in their shoes and thought will I ever consume human flesh for survival. I have decided I will likely will as the last resort to survive.
Cannibalism occurs in many species and has been a part of human culture for thousands of years.
Sometimes, cannibalism would take the form of eating parts of one's enemies in order to take on their strength. In other tribes, the consumption of human flesh had a more ritual significance.
In desperate times, people have fallen back on cannibalism to survive; for instance, there are reports of cannibalism during the North Korean famine in 2013, the siege ofLeningrad in the early 1940s, and China's "Great Leap Forward" in the late 1950s and 1960s.
In Europe, up until the early 18th century, human body parts were knowingly sold and purchased as medications, particularly bones, blood, and fat. Even priests and royalty routinely consumed human body products in an effort to stave off anything fromheadaches to epilepsy, and from nosebleeds to gout.
In some cultures, once a loved one has died, parts of them are consumed so that they, quite literally, become a part of you. To "civilized" minds, this seems disturbing, but to the minds of those that entertain these "transumption" rituals, burying your mother in the dirt or leaving her to be entirely consumed by maggots is equally disturbing.