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By Hans Askenasy

Psychologist Hans Askenasy has prepare the 1st complete heritage of a topic combining violence, horror, and unique customs. partially one among his learn, Dr. Askenasy supplies a historic and geographic evaluation of humankind's perform of and attitudes towards cannibalism.

Part discusses motivational elements for cannibalism, together with famines (natural and man-made), survival in severe events, magic, ritual, and insanity. one of the humans and occasions lined are the siege of Leningrad by way of the Nazis; the wreckage of the frigate Medusa; the Donner occasion; the infamous nineteenth-century "Colorado Man-Eater," Alferd Packer; the Andes airplane crash of 1972; Elizabeth Bathory (b. 1560), the "Vampire girl of the Carpathians"; and Georg Haarmann, who floor up his sufferers and bought them as potted meat.

In half 3, "Cannibalism in tradition and Society," Askenasy addresses our carrying on with fascination with cannibals, man-eating witches, werewolves, and vampires in literature, fable, and the media, starting from Francis Ford Coppola's movie model of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles to the blood curdling occasions surrounding the situations of Issei Sagawa, Jeffrey Dahmer, and the Russian schoolteacher-turned torturer, Andrei Romanovitsch Chikatilo.

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