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Cannibalism in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 1, 2013


From around 100 BC to the fall of the Qing empire in 1911, China was besieged by an average of one monstrous famine per year. In response to this, the Chinese often resorted to cannibalism. As a matter of fact, Jasper Becker, in his book, Hungry Ghosts, states “In a terrible famine in Shanxi in 1877, the Roman Catholic Bishop reported that now they kill the living to have them for food. Husbands eat their wives. Parents eat their sons and daughters and children eat their parents.” Pg10

One Response to “Cannibalism in China”

  1. Me said

    There is a new book by Dikotter which speaks to the realities of China’s ‘Liberation’ and the rampant cannibalism that ensued. It reads like a horror novel.

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