Tuesday, December 16, 2008
"Japanese people taste the best - whites are too salty!"
The jungles of Papua New Guinea are a different world - the land of headhunters and cannibals.
Brave Italian photographer Iago Corazza travelled the country, the island at the end of the world, and took photos of its fascinating inhabitants, who still live a Stone Age existence.
“You find people here who can describe the taste of human flesh,” the photographer said of his travels.
Anthropologist Olga Ammann describes it more succinctly in the book. She quotes people who have eaten other humans: “The meat of white people smells too strongly and is too salty.”
The Japanese are meant to taste the best, according to her study - the only thing that beats it is the meat of their own women.
But is cannibalism just a myth, or does it still exist on the island? It has been banned there for over 50 years – but it is reported that some tribes still eat the flesh of people who have died.
Evidence of this is the current prevalence of the Kuru illness in tribe members, which is associated with cannibalism.