Nearly three-hundred residents of a South African town recently admitted to eating human flesh that had been given to them by a local medicine man. Apparently, the investigation was launched by authorities last week after a suspect walked into a nearby police station carrying assorted body parts, and claiming that he was simply “tired of eating human flesh.”
Police then searched the house of Nino Mbatha, a local “izinyanga” or African witch doctor, where more human remains were found. At a subsequent community meeting, hundreds of locals confessed to visiting Mbatha, robbing graves, and knowingly eating human flesh.
Some residents even confessed to personally digging up graves at Mbatha’s direction before giving him the recovered remains … Villagers said during the meeting that Mbatha told them that exhuming the graves would protect them from harm, make them stronger and bring them wealth if they handed them over to the nyanga.
Unlike the relentless hunger that drives zombies to attack and consume their victims, the diverse religious and cultural beliefs of the African continent are often responsible for this modern-day cannibalism. For example; local legends and myths surrounding the congenital disorder of albinism have led to nearly 375 vicious attacks and dismemberments alone.
According to the NGO organization Under the Same Sun, there has been a rise of attacks on albinos, whose limbs and bodies are believed by African witch doctors to bring luck and wealth. Meanwhile, a Nigerian business was recently closed after human heads wrapped in cellophane were discovered at a popular hotel restaurant serving roasted human flesh.
If cannibalism itself isn’t sufficiently taboo in the current year, there’s little chance for humanity come the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Not to mention the fact that the practice is regularly found among the many unscrupulous bands of roving survivors in zombie fiction.
But to witness the real-life horrors of modern cannibalism, please read more about this story online at the New York Post or International Business Times. Just be warned; the details they describe are even more gruesome, graphic, and widespread than what we’ve reported here.