The simplest definition of cannibalism is the act of eating an individual of the same species. A wide range of factors, such as survival, population control, and rituals, can cause cannibalism. In animals, because they lack the moral compass as humans, cannibalism is partly accepted. But in human beings, that’s an entirely different story. Over the years, historians and researchers have tried to study the concept of cannibalism among human beings, and there haven’t been any conclusive explanations. This has led to widespread myths about this concept. Today, we’ll be exploring the lesser-known cannibals facts.

1. Ratu Urde Holds the Guinness World Record for the Most Prolific Cannibal

A Fijian national by the name of Ratu Urde Urde holds the Guinness World Record for being the person who has eaten the most people. He was a Fijian chief who kept a stone record of all his victims and was placed alongside his tomb when he died. The number of his victims ranges from 872 to 999 people.

2. A Cannibal Called Dorangel Vargas Didn’t Eat Fat People Because They Had Too Much Cholesterol

Also known as “El comegente,” Dorangel Vargas was a Venezuelan serial killer and cannibal famous for his preference for “healthy victims. He avoided fat people because he thought they had too much cholesterol and were not good for his health. Vargas also preferred men because he considered their meat sweeter than women’s. After his arrest, the prolific killer admitted to eating at least ten men in two years.

3. A Man from Germany Once Consented to Cannibalism

In 2001, Armin Meiwes, a former computer repair technician from Germany, hit the headlines for murdering and eating a voluntary victim, Jurgen Brandes. The pair met online, and Jurgen Brandes agreed on tape to be eaten for s*xual pleasure.

Doing as they agreed, the victim took a whole bottle of cough syrup and 20 sleeping pills, knocking him out. Armin Meiwes then cut off Jurgen’s body parts, starting with his manhood, before cooking it with salt and garlic. The whole ordeal was caught on camera.

4. Cannibal Island: The Story of Death in a Siberian Gulag

You may have heard the story about Cannibal Island – it is true! In 1933, the Soviet Union sent around 6000 people to the Nazino Island in Siberia. They were left there with only some flour and no other food. To survive, the deportees turned to cannibalism, hence leading to the name Cannibal Island. More than 4000 people died, with diseases also playing a massive role in the tragedy.

5. Most Countries Don’t Have Laws That Explicitly Bans Cannibalism

While murder likely attracts a criminal charge in almost any part of the world, most countries do not have laws that explicitly ban cannibalism. In the United States, the State of Idaho is the only one with a law actively banning cannibalism. This is perhaps because cannibalism isn’t a widespread phenomenon.

6. Two Dutch Television Hosts Dined on Human Behinds and Belly on BNN TV

In the Netherlands, two TV hosts were on the spot for dining on each other’s behinds and bellies on BNN TV. The two presenters, Valerio Zeno and Dennis Storm, had a surgeon remove strips of muscle from the mentioned body parts. They were then fried by a butcher and served with green asparagus. The program faced intense criticism in the Netherlands and many parts of the world.

7. Cannibalism was an Accepted Ritual in Fiji

In the 1800s, cannibalism was an accepted ritual in Fiji. It was part of their religion and was sometimes practiced during warfare as an act of vengeance. The practice was, however, stopped in the 20th century.

8. There is a Japanese Cannibal Who Walked Scott Free After Eating a Student

Issei Sagawa is a famous Japanese cannibal who is remembered for inviting a woman, Renee Hartevelt, into his home before shooting, raping, and eating some of her body parts. He was arrested while dumping her body at the Bois de Boulogne Park, where he confessed to the French police and was deported to Japan.

In a surprising turn of events, Japanese officials were unable to get the records of the murder from the French authorities, and the case was dismissed. Seen as a form of mockery by many, Issei Sagawa wrote a book called “In the Fog,” where he narrates his entire ordeal. He also participated in many interviews with International media companies before his eventual demise. Issei Sagawa committed the heinous act in 1981, earning him the tag “the Kobe Cannibal.”

9. The Aztec Empire were Cannibals

During periods of harvest, the Aztecs participated in human sacrifice and cannibalism as an act of thanksgiving. The ancient civilization shared this with the Spanish when they first invaded the Americas, but the practice ended after the Spanish invasion in the 1500s.

10. 2,500 Ukrainians were Convicted of Cannibalism during the Holodomor Famine

The Holodomor famine was a tough time for many Ukrainians. This disaster, which lasted from 1932 to 1933, killed around 4 million people. Out of the survivors who were left behind, 2,500 were convicted for cannibalism and necrophagy (eating dead bodies). During this period, many Ukrainians turned to cannibalism as a form of survival.

11. The Film Cannibal Holocaust was So Grotesque That the Director was Charged for Murder

Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 horror film famous for its portrayal of gruesome murders. Produced by Ruggero Deodato, a legendary Italian filmmaker, the scenes seemed so realistic that viewers demanded the executives charged with murder. Pressure mounted when the actors were nowhere to be seen, and everyone was worried.

Ruggero Deodato was apprehended, and murder charges were pressed against him. Fortunately, all the actors were okay – they had signed a pre-agreement to lay low for some time after the film was released.

Categorized in:


Last Update: June 30, 2024