Evolutionary Roots of Cannibalism
Cannibalism is one of the most emotionally charged topics of human behaviour, and the reasons behind this behaviour is a serious evolutionary problem.
While researching human evolutionary past, I came to a conclusion, that for our distant ancestors cannibalism had a completely different practical function and meaning. It was to deter predators, and also was the expression of complete dedication to each other and deep respect to the deceased.
In this section from my 2014 book Tigers, Lions, and Humans: History of Rivalry, Conflict, Reverence and Love, I discuss the reasons for this ancient ritualistic behaviour, and how this ancient behaviour survived in our habits and expressions.
- Here you can read the section "Cannibalism, Religion Rituals, Love and Violence".