Cannibalism and Necrophilia
There was an old joke about the squirrel who said, “If you are what you eat, then I must certainly be nuts.”
This innocent joke may hold truth for a bizarre group of people who are frowned upon by the mass public, these people who feed on other people, otherwise known as cannibals.
In modern times, we have a vast range of available meat options in the markets, from fresh beef cubes, to poultry spare parts and delicious pork ribs, so, why on earth would anyone prefer to gnaw on their fellowmen?
Let us dig in…
Cannibalism, a twisted tradition
From the distant time of cavemen, human ancestors have already fancied the concept of eating their neighbours.
Neanderthals, a human-like race that existed alongside our ancestors, about 40,000 years ago, were said to have cross-bred, cohabited and ate one another. This all happened despite numerous scientific evidences that there was no shortage of food! Perhaps it was due to the high protein levels found in the human body!
Post prehistory, there have been a few morbid cultures that continue to hold onto the nasty cannibalistic traditions of early men and these communities spawned throughout the world. Although the term cannibalism is generally used to refer to the consumption of flesh belonging to another member of their own species, this can be done for a variety of reasons.
Also, cannibalism does not necessarily require the death of the ‘’food source’’. Some individuals are delighted in having pieces of their body parts sliced off, marinated and cooked to be enjoyed between themself and the preparer like that of a food appreciation course.
The Aghori monks of India sprung up in the 5th century A.D. and are a bunch of extreme practitioners of Hinduism who have intimate connections with human remains. The devotees mostly hang out in temples and burial grounds, where they acquire human ash and remains for their ritualistic purposes.
These unorthodox worshippers of the Hindu God, Shiva, are known to consume the flesh from the remains of their dead and recycle items such as bowls and necklaces from human body parts. The term Aghori is in Sanskrit language that loosely translates to fearlessness.
Although Aghori monks may seem dangerous, they are religious people and typically scavenge their supply from the already deceased. However, Reza Azlan, a CNN reporter was met with hostility in his documentary series Believer, where he was pelted with human wastes and chased by a mad Aghori monk. Guess one can never be at ease with those who consume human brains as a midday snack!
An Island Paradise
On West Papua, near the border of Papua New Guinea, there is a tribe of indigenous people known as the Korowai. These forest-loving folks live high up upon treehouses and are terribly fearful of fair-skinned outsiders who they consider ‘’ghost demons’’ since their own people are dark-skinned by nature. Be warned, they are known to strike pasty-skinned intruders without hesitation!
The most peculiar thing about these natives of Guinea, however, is their traditional practice of cannibalism that has gone on to define their culture in the eyes of foreigners. Word has spread like wildfire and now, most people would relate everyday Korowai lifestyle to the silence of the lambs movie franchise.
Despite all of the creepiness surrounding the people, Korowai is fast-becoming a tourism hotspot that welcomes visitors to a glimpse into the controversy of cannibalism.
According to ancestral customs, the Korowai believe that witch doctors known as Khakhuas blend amongst their people. These Khakhuas would attempt to build relationships with their targets and eat them from inside out while they are fast asleep, leaving ashes in the place of organs.
It is said that gravely ill members of Korowai society would confide in loved ones and reveal to them the name of the Khakhuas in their midst. The active members who receive this secret information would hunt the accused Khakhua down and cannibalize its flesh for good luck and a means to ward off evil. Most people would of course, prefer cracking a fortune cookie.
Certainly, one must admit it is a creative way to kill off someone you despised.
Adventurous tourists to Guinea will find themselves very much disappointed since the local authorities clamped down on the disturbing cannibalistic practices a short while ago, leaving only stories of its past. We can only imagine the nuisance it must have caused for the criminal justice system!
Although the occult art of cannibalism has existed for quite some time in the history of mankind, its main purpose has always been confined to a religious or spiritual purpose.
In modern times however, as people gradually become aloof, non-religious (or sacrilegious) and liberal in mindset, terms like pansexual (the ability fall in love with anyone regardless of their sexual orientation, kinks and all), incels (violent virgins who commit crimes out of angst) and body modifications (think along the lines of pearling and forked tongues) get dropped often.
Art critic Theophile Gautier once said, ‘’art for the sake of art.’’
And so, we find ourselves a generation of people who engage in consensual cannibalism just for the sake of it. It is little wonder that to some pessimistic few, we are truly living in the apocalypse.
The Man who shared a Private Meal
On March 9, 2001, a 39-year-old German man posted on a hobbyist website that he was looking for someone who was well-built and ready to be slaughtered and consumed.
Yes, a man named Armin Meiwes, posted under the pseudonym ‘’Franky’’ on the now decommissioned website, Cannibal Café, that he was looking for his next meal. The worst part of the affair? A 44-year old man named Bernd Brandes answered the call and the duo met up to perform the proposed deed.
According to reports, the men met up at the home of the perpetrator where they engaged in sexual acts before Meiwes decided to castrate his victim to which, they would feast together upon the genitalia. However, the victim proved too weak from blood loss and succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. Meiwes preserved the body of the victim for ten months and gobbled down close to 20 kilograms of the corpse!
Meiwes was arrested in 2002 and was charged for manslaughter, which eventually landed him with life imprisonment. The disturbing sequence of the ‘’transaction’’ was videoed by the men and remains under the custody of law enforcement.
The strange reality is that in many parts of the world, including America and most nations in Europe do not include cannibalism charges in their judiciary system. So, most guilty cannibals are usually charged for manslaughter, murder, or sexual misconduct instead. Talk about loopholes in the law!
Today, closet cannibals continue to operate in secret through peer sites showcasing gory artwork and forums circulating advice on ‘’meat preparation’’ and ‘’dismemberment techniques’’ but none have risen to the notoriety of the Meiwes-Bernd case of ’01.
Then, we have the necrophiliacs, people who derive pleasure from bonking the lifeless corpse of another person. Although it is uncertain if Meiwes engaged in any form of necrophilia with his dismembered partner, there are confirmed cases in history where individuals have turned to the grave for the time of their life.
Films have traditionally functioned as tools in coping with our sense of misadventure. Through media portrayal, taboo subjects such as cannibalism and necrophilia are tackled and placed on an open platform for audience discussion.
Through films, we have seen the media portrayal of cannibalism in cult classics like the Hannibal Lecter series that follows the chilling behavior of the titular character, who is a high-functioning forensic psychiatrist and serial cannibalistic killer with perfect dining etiquette.
More recently, we have seen the comical Santa Clarita Netflix original series where Drew Barrymore plays a real estate agent who develops a mysterious craving for human flesh and collaborates with her husband to accumulate a constant supply of fresh meat.
But some films take a leap further, injecting elements of necrophiliac desires that is bound to set most audiences reeling in their seats.
Coming soon to Premise TV, are two titles that would churn the mightiest of guts:
Vietnamese Horror Film — ‘Kfc’ by Le Binh Giang.
Directed by Lê Bình Giang, the Vietnamese movie follows the sadistic actions of a deranged cannibalistic-necrophiliac doctor who preys upon unfortunate victims alongside his disfigured henchman. However, the plot thickens as the psychopathic nature passes down from the doctor to his son, forming a cycle of violence and retribution.
Singapore Indie Crime Film — ‘Outsider’ by Sam Loh.
An indie film by Singaporean director Sam Loh, the movie follows an inspector in his chase after a crazed necrophiliac killer. The unscripted movie used only natural lighting and was filmed within a span of a year. Watch how the thrilling story unfolds through the improvisation techniques displayed by the cast of passionate actors.
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Perhaps grab a friend or two and enjoy these movies together over dinner…who shall you be having (over) for tonight?
Author: Laurenzo Jude