Exocannibalism (from Greek Exo-, "from outside" and Cannibalism, 'to eat humans'), as opposed to endocannibalism, is the practice of eating human corpses from people outside one's own community, tribe or social group—most notably their flesh and some organs such as the heart. Generally it takes the form of ceremonial sacrifices or the ritual consumption of the rival's flesh in order to absorb their vitality or some other valuable trait, as well as a symbolic expression of the domination of an enemy in warfare. Such practices have been documented in such cultures as the Aztecs from Mexico, the Carib and the Tupinamba from South America.
The reasons for cannibalism include the following:
* As sanctioned by a cultural norm
* By necessity in extreme situations of famine
* Caused by insanity or social deviancy.
Hmmm... Let's see... Which one of those might be a reason an Islamic radical might cannibalize. 1) A Cultural Norm? That doesn't seem to be the case, though they are quoting instances from the Koran, there doesn't not appear to be any strong history for it. 2) In order to survive. Nope, famine isn't the case. That leaves 3) INSANITY or SOCIAL DEVIANCY.
But maybe we can blame that on McDonalds, Coca-Cola, and huge American Breasts too.
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