Cannibals in the Community: The Saga of the Whaleship Essex and Related Accounts
As this paper deals with a direct examination of survival cannibalism, it is important to unpack exactly what type of behavior constitutes survival cannibalism. Survival cannibalism can only occur when the cannibal commits anthropophagy out of a dire need, real or perceived, to survive. At some point, the “cannibal” realizes that the only hope of survival, and eventual rescue, is to consume the only available, edible, resource—human flesh. Survival cannibalism occurs in cases of extreme isolation, such as after a shipwreck, plane crash, or extreme famine associated with war or natural disaster. While both circumstances may produce cannibals, this paper will be concerned primarily with cases of extreme isolation, but survival cannibalism has occurred throughout history within the larger group context of a city ravaged by famine or under siege.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2008
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