Top Ten Places Where Human Cannibalism Is Still Practiced Today

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Wikipedia defines cannibalism as the act of one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food. To consume the same species, or show cannibalistic behavior, is a common ecological interaction in the animal kingdom, and has been recorded for more than 1,500 species. Human cannibalism is well-documented, both in ancient and recent times. Human cannibalism takes special not because of its bizarre nature- eating a fellow human! factboyz brings to you top ten places where cannibalism is still practiced today. Get shocked!


1. Papua New Guinea: High up in the trees, lives the Korowai People, one of the last tribes in the world known to practice cannibalism, but for ritual purposes. In the Western part of this unique country, lives a tribe known as the korowai. They dwell along the Ndeiram Kabur River. The tribesmen strangely believe that when a witch man kills off members of the group, it is their duty to consume the dead man’s carcass in order to take revenge for the death. What a revenge!

2. The Ganges River, India: The sect of Indian Monks known as the Aghori perform cannibalistic rituals in order to gain spiritual enlightenment. Now with just 20 or so members, the group drink from human skull bowls and cover their body in burnt human remains. They do not, however, kill anyone for use in the ceremonies, using only the bodies of people who have already died. Creepy right?

3. Liberia: Following the First Liberian Civil War, Doctors Without Borders found evidence of cannibalistic practices which they sent over to Amnesty International. Rather than being investigated the evidence was covered up, with Liberia’s current Secretary General saying: “what they do with the bodies after human rights violations are committed is not part of our mandate or concern.”

4. The Naihehe Caves Sigatoka Fiji: Fiji is famed for its long running history of cannibalism, it was even previously dubbed ‘Cannibal Island’. The practices have almost died out in recent years with the exception of the Naihehe Caves, home to the last human-eating group on the island.

5. Democratic Republic Of Congo: At a United Nations meeting in 2003 a distressed Sinafasi Makelo, a representative for the Mbuti Pygmies, claimed that Congolese rebels from the Ituri province were eating his people alive.

6. Japan: In 2012, a Japanese man named Mao Sugiyama posted a tweet advertising a one-of-a-kind meal. He offered to sever his genitals, and then have them cooked and served to those willing to pay $250 for a plate. He found takers, and the meal took place. While folks in Japan and elsewhere were outraged by the story, no charges were brought. Cannibalism isn’t expressly illegal in Japan.

7. Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia: In 2011, German tourist Stefan Ramin went missing while on a traditional goat hunt in Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia. His remains were later found near a campfire and it is believed that he was “hacked to pieces” and burned by a tribe suspected of cannibalism.

8. China: In the town of Yunnan, a man named Zhang Yongming embarked on a macabre murder spree from 2008 to 2012. Over that period, he captured and then killed eleven men, cutting up their remains and preserving their eyeballs in jars. It’s what he did with the remains, though, that’s truly horrifying. He would take the meat to market, packaging and selling it as “ostrich meat.” He was found out and executed in 2013.

9. Cambodia: Cambodian soldiers fighting in the Khmer Rouge Rebellion were accused of cutting out the hearts and livers out of the bodies of Khmer Rouge soldiers who were killed in battle in order to eat them on the field or back at home for dinner.

10. South Korea: In 2011, South Korean authorities uncovered an incredibly bizarre cannibalism business operating underneath their noses. South Koreans who were living in China were found to be drying dead fetuses, converting those dried fetuses into powder, and then putting that powder into capsules. These capsules would then be smuggled into South Korea and then sold for their “stamina-boosting” effects.

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