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Originally posted by ManBehindTheMask
Canibalism happens rarely and mostly when having to , to survive.....keep in mind that the practice of this regularly is risky due to disease......
Kuru is an incurable prion disease that causes neurological deterioration. It spread through the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea, who ate the brains of their deceased relatives, especially affecting the women and children. The Kuru epidemic, which is recorded to have begun in the 1920s, is believed to have been started by the consumption of a single individual with Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, which then spread through the population. Oral history records that cannibalism began within the Fore in the late 19th century. Cannibalistic practices were largely eliminated as Australian law enforcement and Christian missionaries spread through the island in the mid 20th century, though the long incubation period of the disease meant cases occurred into the 1990s. A team led by Michael Alpers, a lifelong investigator of the Kuru disease, found genes that protect against similar prion diseases were widespread around the world, indicating that such endocannibalism was once common around the world.