By Bill Schutt
Cannibalism. it is the final, maximum taboo: the stuff of city legends and historic myths, airline crashes and Captain cook dinner. yet whereas we'd get a thrill on the considered the black widow spider's grotesque mating conduct or the tragic destiny of the nineteenth-century Donner get together pioneers, this day cannibalism belongs to historical past - or, at least, the world of the unusual, the infrequent and the very distant. does not it?
Here, zoologist invoice Schutt digs his the teeth into the topic to discover a solution that's as unbelievable because it is unsettling. From the plot of Psycho to the ritual of the Eucharist, cannibalism is woven into our background, our tradition - even our drugs. And within the wildlife, consuming your personal variety is every thing from a survival approach - practiced by means of polar bears and hamsters alike - to an evolutionary adaption like that present in sand tiger sharks, who, by the point they're born, can have eaten all yet one in every of their siblings within the womb.
Dark, attention-grabbing and ceaselessly curious, Eat Me delves into human and animal cannibalism to discover a narrative of colonialism, faith, anthropology, dinosaurs, historic people and smooth effects, from the bad 'laughing demise' ailment kuru to the BSE predicament. And - after all - our intrepid writer attempts it out for himself.
Published in partnership with Wellcome Collection.
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