Cannibalism

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Leonhard Kern: Man eater, ebony sculpture, around 1650
Cannibalism in Brazil in the 16th Century
Cannibal feast on the Island of Tanna, New Hebrides

Cannibalism is where an person eats the flesh of another person. It is also called anthropophagy.

If it occurs in humans, scientists are unclear if it is widespread or not. There are certain diseases, like the sleeping disease, that are passed on by eating human nerve tissue, especially the brain. Sometimes, cannibalism was observed with people that have mental problems or some diseases of the mind.

An example of cannibalism by humans was the Donner Party in 1846 and 1847.

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