Wrong Turn: The World of Cannibalism


Cannibalism is an act or practice of certain tribes eating the flesh of other human beings. The other term for cannibalism is anthropophagy. This concept is a taboo in public discussions. It is not often talked-about because of the sensitivity of the issue and the rareness of it.

“The people of the future will say, meat-eaters in disgust and regard us in the same way that we regard cannibals and cannibalism.”

-Dennis Weaver

The map was from a German/Australian publisher A. Hartleben which was made during the early 20th century. The objective of the map is to show the areas in which cannibalism exists. The map shows the existence of cannibalism ranging from the active ones up to areas where cannibalism once existed.

The concept of cannibalism is a very interesting topic for historians and anthropologists who are the main target audience of the map. Researches about this practice are not often done by ordinary people but are done by experts from the field of History and Anthropology. A simple student or person cannot simply understand the meaning or information being portrayed in the map without background knowledge about the topic. The map can also be addressed to the general public to inform them about places in the world where cannibalism exists, which can help them avoid these areas if ever they are planning on going into these regions.

Based from the map, cannibalism is very evident in some parts of the American region and African region. Cannibalism in these areas is being practiced by the original inhabitants or tribes in these areas.

The map can further be improved by separating the symbology on the past and present existence of cannibalism. By doing so, the change in the spatial distribution of cannibalism can easily be seen.

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