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Rather disappointing I had heard the author interviewed on NPR and the subject of the book contemporary cannibalism was intriguing but in the book the author came offas the upstart adventurer trying to get his picture taken with the man eating natives Oooooh Look at the scary cannibalHis tone was often rather condescending towards the people and cultures he was visiting, and frequently misogynistic I almost stopped reading several times, but it was just interesting enough that Rather disappointing I had heard the author interviewed on NPR and the subject of the book contemporary cannibalism was intriguing but in the book the author came offas the upstart adventurer trying to get his picture taken with the man eating natives Oooooh Look at the scary cannibalHis tone was often rather condescending towards the people and cultures he was visiting, and frequently misogynistic I almost stopped reading several times, but it was just interesting enough that I kept on.His chapter entitled Suffer the Little Children felt incongruous with the rest of the book, the horrific accounts of child soldiers in Uganda forced to kill and eat other children a demonic act with the dual purpose of terrorizing the children so they wouldn t run away and making it so that they would be too shamed to return home just seemed so out of place nestled in with chapters of warriors and priests who delighted in the power that eating human flesh gave them I cringed internally as he accounted visiting camps for children rescued from the LRA Lord s Resistance Army and going around asking these traumatized kids if they had eaten humans Very interesting subject But this book didn t do it justice This could have been SO good but the author was super judgmental and freaked out Not only by cannibals, just by different cultures, religions, and oddly, fat people. Summary Paul Raffaele goes and looks for cannibals Why I Read This It was about cannibals Review This book was going to get 2 stars because it was interesting but poorly written and pretty poor journalism Then, in the last chapter except the epilogue the author took at shot at Catholicism not for being Cannibalistic when he mentioned the Eucharist, which was one sentence, he literally said the opposite of what Catholics actually believe I don t have it on me, but he said something li Summary Paul Raffaele goes and looks for cannibals Why I Read This It was about cannibals Review This book was going to get 2 stars because it was interesting but poorly written and pretty poor journalism Then, in the last chapter except the epilogue the author took at shot at Catholicism not for being Cannibalistic when he mentioned the Eucharist, which was one sentence, he literally said the opposite of what Catholics actually believe I don t have it on me, but he said something like, when the body and blood of Christ is turned into bread and wine No, honey, transubstantiation works the other way So that probably tells you a little bit about his abilities as a journalist It s only one of the central mysteries of the Catholic faith Deep Breath Anyways, what got to me was was his page and a half diatribe on how ridiculous it was that anyone could possibly believe Juan Diego That Juan Diego was clearly a con artist, and Our Lady of Guadalupe was clearly made up That s when I pretty much gave up There was no point in the book where Raffaele even pretended to be un biased during his investigations and that came through quite clear He had a pre judgement towards anyone who ate human flesh, whether they were killing and then eating or just eating the dead, whether they were Stone Age tribes or parts of modern religions I m not a big fan of cannibals myself, but I read the book because I was interested in seeing someone else s point of view, someone who actually believed in it but I really only got Raffaele s point of view.This book is a great example of how un journalistic books by journalists can be Before I get into anything, if you see this book, please pick it up You don t have to read it, but go to the back flap and check out the author s picture That is all.But if you are interested in cannibalism, you might want to read this It wasn t my favorite book in the world but it had its moments Raffaele spends time with the Korowai in New Guinea, the Aghori sect in India, Tongans, victims of the Lord s Resistance Army LRA in Uganda, and travels to Mexico City to study the Aztecs.The mos Before I get into anything, if you see this book, please pick it up You don t have to read it, but go to the back flap and check out the author s picture That is all.But if you are interested in cannibalism, you might want to read this It wasn t my favorite book in the world but it had its moments Raffaele spends time with the Korowai in New Guinea, the Aghori sect in India, Tongans, victims of the Lord s Resistance Army LRA in Uganda, and travels to Mexico City to study the Aztecs.The most heartwrenching chapters are about the child victims of the LRA who were abducted in their homes and forced to kill other children and to eat them The point of forcing children to commit such heinous acts was to shame them so much that they would never feel able to rejoin their families and villages again These children were abused in so many horrific ways and it was shocking to me that I had never heard about this Children being forced to eat other children isn t big enough news Why isn t there anything being done about this It s utterly depressing and makes me want to head over to the few places they have set up for rescued children I want to hold them and tell them that it wasn t their fault and that they re still good children despite what they were forced to do.My emotions aside, the book is so so I liked that Raffaele points out that we re all human, regardless of whether we live in faraway places in tree houses or not What I did not like was that sometimes he went overboard and it seemed as if he assumed he knew everything about a group of people and their traditions based on spending two weeks with them Not good enough, in my humble opinion But you judge for yourself [ FREE EPUB ] ♷ Among the Cannibals: Adventures on the Trail of Man's Darkest Ritual ♷ It s the stuff of nightmares, the dark inspiration for literature and film But astonishingly, cannibalism does exist, and in Among the Cannibals travel writer Paul Raffaele journeys to the far corners of the globe to discover participants in this mysterious and disturbing practice From an obscure New Guinea river village, where Raffaele went in search of one of the last practicing cannibal cultures on Earth to India, where the Aghori sect still ritualistically eat their dead to North America, where evidence exists that the Aztecs ate sacrificed victims to Tonga, where the descendants of fierce warriors still remember how their predecessors preyed upon their foes and to Uganda, where the unfortunate victims of the Lord s Resistance Army struggle to reenter a society from which they have been violently torn, Raffaele brings this baffling cultural ritual to light in a combination of Indiana Jones type adventure and gonzo journalismIllustrated with photographs Raffaele took during his travels, Among the Cannibals is a gripping look at some of the unsavory aspects of human civilization, guaranteed to satisfy every reader s morbid curiosity What a frustrating read this was Raffaele has written an easy to read book that promises muchthan it delivers It s set up to be an exploration of cannibalism and, at its best, does provide some genuinely shocking reading the chapters on Uganda and the Lord s Resistance Army will stay in my memory, I m sure, but it would be hard for tales of children being forced to kill their peers and eat them to not be horrific and his time in Papua is insightful and engaging But and here s the bu What a frustrating read this was Raffaele has written an easy to read book that promises muchthan it delivers It s set up to be an exploration of cannibalism and, at its best, does provide some genuinely shocking reading the chapters on Uganda and the Lord s Resistance Army will stay in my memory, I m sure, but it would be hard for tales of children being forced to kill their peers and eat them to not be horrific and his time in Papua is insightful and engaging But and here s the but Raffaele is really irritating he s a smart Alec sly digs at Freda Kahlo s artistic ability , judgemental comments on the physiques of Tongans and disingenuous reflects negatively on an Indian holy man despite being all over him when face to face I am now harsher in my judgement of his behaviour no amount of religious mumbo jumbo can sanctify it Say it to his face Paul Okay, it s not an academic work and Raffaele doesn t claim it is but he is happy to flourish the Smithsonian tag on the cover and refer to his previous journeys around the world clearly intending to establish his credentials It s also sloppy in parts with the writer repeating himself and contradicting himself a child at risk of being eaten sometime in the future is reported to be both unaware of his fate and fully aware of it oops Perhaps he s written better than this but I ll never know as he s not a writer I want to bother with again cannibals existed and continue to exist i didn t realize that a debate raged around this proposition, i always took it for granted, but then, i read too many adventure novels as a kid where the intrepid white adventurers found the loincloth clad islanders feasting on one of their compatriots as it should be, in most cases i mean, if the islanders had only eaten all of the intrepid adventurers, they might have seriously delayed the white man s coming to fuck them over.anyway, i found th cannibals existed and continue to exist i didn t realize that a debate raged around this proposition, i always took it for granted, but then, i read too many adventure novels as a kid where the intrepid white adventurers found the loincloth clad islanders feasting on one of their compatriots as it should be, in most cases i mean, if the islanders had only eaten all of the intrepid adventurers, they might have seriously delayed the white man s coming to fuck them over.anyway, i found this book to be really interesting and thought provoking, being a mix of adventure journalism, succinct and relevant to the book history lessons, and the author s travel diary the best chapters are the ones about the korowai of new guinea and the cannibal mystics of benares, being the ones about true modern cannibals the chapters recounting his trip to uganda to meet the lra s baby cannibals are heartbreaking and disturbing, and i m not sure entirely appropriate to a book about cannibals are you a cannibal if you are forced at gunpoint to eat flesh, with the purpose of isolating you from humanity, except nominally fuck you, joseph kony, and curse you to a thousand million hells, if only you could see this.the chapter on the aesthetic cannibals of mexico and latin america is too short, but interesting nonetheless i wonder if, were i to find myself in the place of kornelius, being offered human flesh as the olive branch of peace by the cannibal clan i meant to live with and study, i would accept it and how would i feel then weird It might seem strange to buy a book about cannibalism on a whim, but I suspect my grad school friends won t be surprised at my dark and bizarre research interests Raffaele uses an adventure travelogue format to discuss both historic and contemporary cannibalism He offers a fascinating look at the groups who still practice cannibalism and explains the various religious superstitious cultural psychological reasons behind it He doesn t always seem like the right man for the job, however I m no It might seem strange to buy a book about cannibalism on a whim, but I suspect my grad school friends won t be surprised at my dark and bizarre research interests Raffaele uses an adventure travelogue format to discuss both historic and contemporary cannibalism He offers a fascinating look at the groups who still practice cannibalism and explains the various religious superstitious cultural psychological reasons behind it He doesn t always seem like the right man for the job, however I m not saying he had to eat human meat himself to get the story, but sometimes his level of squeamishness and knee jerk reactions to all cannibalism, regardless of intentions and understanding of the people engaging in it, hurt his willingness to ask the right questions I don t know if I would have been able to keep my journalistic head while a tribal chief was brandishing human skulls at me either, but then I didn t decide to write a book on modern cannibals Overall, however, the intriguing and surprising material carries the narrative, and it s certainly a captivating read.I do feel like I need to mentally and emotionally separate the book into two sections, however the chapters on cannibalistic beliefs and cultures that are intellectually interesting, and the chapter on Kony and the LRA forcing children to cannibalize their companions, which will turn your stomach and rip your heart out I agree with most of the other reviews of this book great premise, interesting topic, but a bit uneven throughout The first section on New Guinean cannibals was fascinating, the Indian Aghoras was an interesting section, although it begins to falter during the Tongan piece, and then he gets a little lost and bland, then it picks up when talking about the Ugandan child soldiers The Aztec section was interesting but I agree that the author seemed somehow unwilling to see that acculturation and I agree with most of the other reviews of this book great premise, interesting topic, but a bit uneven throughout The first section on New Guinean cannibals was fascinating, the Indian Aghoras was an interesting section, although it begins to falter during the Tongan piece, and then he gets a little lost and bland, then it picks up when talking about the Ugandan child soldiers The Aztec section was interesting but I agree that the author seemed somehow unwilling to see that acculturation and not necessarily evil acts could be a legitimate reason for cannibalism He seems to get caught between idealizing the savage native and reviling him And I don t know that I would count the Aghora s eating burning flesh from a funeral pyre as cannibalism per se Clearly forcing at gunpoint children to kill another child and then eat that child is evil and unconscionable but seeking enlightenment through the conquering of your own fears and not hurting anyone in the process very different.But the whole book was very informative not only about cannibalism, but about complex social and political histories around the world And the writing was largely engaging This book was intense I question the sanity of its author, who meets a guide in Papua New Guinea, places his life in the man s hands, and canoes up the river to meet cannibals I mean, I know he s not going to be killed, because apparently he survived to write the book, but yikes It was much too exciting to read before bed.I was fascinated by the explanation of why it s okay to kill and eat people Apparently they aren t really people, but creatures who have captured people, hollowed them out, This book was intense I question the sanity of its author, who meets a guide in Papua New Guinea, places his life in the man s hands, and canoes up the river to meet cannibals I mean, I know he s not going to be killed, because apparently he survived to write the book, but yikes It was much too exciting to read before bed.I was fascinated by the explanation of why it s okay to kill and eat people Apparently they aren t really people, but creatures who have captured people, hollowed them out, and inhabited their bodies in order to cause harm to others These Papua cannibals never eat women, because they aren t ever attacked by the evil spirits Men, however, had better never make anyone else enviousI m only giving the book 3 stars because I m going to sell it without finishing it I could see that it was heading into darker territory the children forced to kill and eat their friends in Uganda was going to be too intense for me.If you like this sort of thing, you ll love this book