The recent arrest of three individuals in Brazil , believed to be cooked and sold empanadas ( dish consisting of bread or a pastry filled with meat, cheese and vegetable spread to Latin America , Western Europe and Southeast Asia ) filled with human flesh , draws attention to the existence of cannibalism in the contemporary world .
Cannibalism ( Spanish meaning the cannibal eater ) or Anthropophagy ( in Greek) has been reported in recent years especially in Brazil, as in this famous case in 1994, which indicate a total of 250 people in Olinda poor suburb of the capital of the Brazilian region of Pernambuco , Recife, who ate human remains in the city dump .
Responsible for this habit was found poverty and lack of effectiveness in law enforcement , but " cannibalism is widespread among primates etiologic behavior ... probably practicing cannibalism in the genus Homo is due to lack of resources at critical times ," says Isabel Cáceres , paleoecology , University Rovira i Virgili , who has studied the phenomenon , going up to 780.00 years ago in the history of our ancestors.
Until the late 18th century the body was accepted as a therapeutic agent , the most popular treatments are meat , bones or human blood , according to British researcher Richard Sugg . Modern medicine has shown , however, that not only look like their food has no therapeutic benefit but can lead to diseases such as prion or spongiform encephalitis .
However , in the present case , the " human meat empanadas " cannibalism has religious significance rather than a traditional pharmacy or one of the accused confessed to killing two women , they ate some of the organs and their remnants used in the preparation of pies , which they sold under the motivation that made these acts to purify and protect the people to send them to God.
Similarly, in the famous case in Germany, ten years ago , Armin Meiwes that , nicknamed Der Metzgermeister Press ( master butcher ) killed a young man cooking and eating, with the consent of the latter , cannibalism was a ritual role , but this time of a sexual nature . Inspired by this " story " , the German rock band Rammstein in composing the song " Mein Teil " ( my share ) under the chorus " Denn du bist , du ISST und ihr wisst WAS , WAS es ist " ( you are what you eat ) .