By Paul Raffaele
It's the stuff of nightmares, the darkish concept for literature and movie. yet astonishingly, cannibalism does exist, and in Among the Cannibals trip author Paul Raffaele trips to the a ways corners of the globe to find contributors during this mysterious and hectic perform. From an vague New Guinea river village, the place Raffaele went looking for one of many final working towards cannibal cultures on the earth; to India, the place the Aghori sect nonetheless ritualistically consume their useless; to North the US, the place proof exists that the Aztecs ate sacrificed sufferers; to Tonga, the place the descendants of fierce warriors nonetheless consider 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 gentle in a mix of Indiana Jones-type experience and gonzo journalism.
Illustrated with photos Raffaele took in the course of his travels, Among the Cannibals is a gripping examine the various extra unsavory points of human civilization, bound to fulfill each reader's morbid curiosity.
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