As a taboo subject, few topics inspire as much macabre fascination and simultaneous revulsion as cannibalism. When tackled in literature, it is often shown as an extreme, sinister and horrifying practice – a natural reaction to the prospect of killing fellow humans for food.
One of the most notorious characters which encapsulates the perception of cannibalism within public consciousness is Dr Hannibal Lecter, as played by Antony Hopkins in the critically acclaimed film The Silence of the Lambs.
Lecter was scary, mentally ill and just plain evil – attributes which many would ascribe to cannibalism. However, one scientist is seeking to change that perception by demystifying the practice of cannibalism.
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