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Cannibalism is a Dish Served Pipin' Hot in Papua New Guinea


"Delicious and illegal, kids, so don’t get any ideas."

"Here's a topic you can feast on," Megyn Kelly jokes, "cannibalism!"

But that's no laughing matter to members of a New Guinea tribe.

Especially the ones who have been eaten by other tribe members.

In a special set to air on National Geographic on Sunday called "Eating With Cannibals," explorer Piers Gibbon seeks to explain to viewers what motivates members of a Papua New Guinea tribe to kill and eat other human beings. After living among tribal members for a month, he found out that justice is what drives these people to cannibalism. He spoke to Megyn Kelly today about his experience:

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Here's Mediaite's take on it:

He discussed a tribe in Papua New Guinea that eat other human beings as a form of justice. He explains that this group kills, and then consumes, those whom they believe have caused harm on their village in the form of, say, “causing” an illness. According to Gibbs, this happens because the tribes people no longer see the suspected culprit as being human, but a witch who much be destroyed.

“How often does this happen?” asked a visibly concerned Kelly. “This is not something that happens all the time,” Gibbon responded. “And, for them, it would be something maybe once every six months, they would…” Kelly interrupted him with the rather emphatic observation that “That’s often enough!”

Ok, ok, but let’s get down to the morbid, sensational, chilling nitty gritty: What do people taste like? Are we more filet mignon or filet o’fish? According to Gibbon, the tribe claims people meat is “rather delicious.”

Delicious and illegal, kids, so don’t get any ideas.


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