Cannibalism is perhaps the ultimate cultural taboo. There are many reasons why humans partake in this practice; for cultural purposes, for survival or even for pleasure. Be clear: I do not condone or in any way; endorse what is contained in the following accounts. Read at your own risk.
Perhaps the most horrifying of all Man-eaters come in the form of man itself. A predator with the ability to think and feel with more than just animal instinct.
Cannibalism (from Caníbales, the Spanish name for the Carib people, a West Indies tribe formerly well known for their practice of cannibalism) is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh of other human beings. It is also called anthropophagy. A person who practices cannibalism is called a cannibal.
Cannibalism was widespread in the past among humans in many parts of the world, continuing into the 19th century in some isolated South Pacific cultures, and to the present day in parts of tropical Africa. In a few cases in insular Melanesia, indigenous flesh-markets existed.Fiji was once known as the ‘Cannibal Isles’.Cannibalism has been well documented around the world, from Fiji to the Amazon Basin to the Congo to Māori New Zealand.Neanderthals are believed to have practiced cannibalism,and they may have been eaten by modern humans.
The Amazon’s Most Feared Fish: The Candiru is a terrifying fish, even when stacked up against its fellow river monsters of the Amazon. But this parasitic freshwater catfish does not instill fear by way of its monstrous size. On the contrary, it’s small, eel-like and so translucent that it can be nearly impossible to spot in the water, which makes it even more terrifying. Some claim this fish is the most feared in the entire Amazon region, and the fear stems from the fact that it has a knack for finding open orifices and working its way inside. Once inside another organism, the Candiru feeds on its host’s blood, becoming increasingly swollen. The Candiru is the star of an urban legend — which turns out to be true — of a man who was urinating in the Amazon River when a 6-inch Candiru swam up his urine stream into his penis. The fish remained there for days, until a surgeon was able to remove it.
The Most Horrific Candiru: Perhaps the most horrifying Candiru species of all is the Candiru asu. This small catfish is a voracious parasite. It uses its circular mouth and sharp teeth to bite flesh and then enter organisms, leaving behind a wound that looks uncannily like a bullet hole. The Candiru asu proceeds to feed on the organs, literally eating its victim from inside. Human corpses have been discovered in the Amazon filled with more than 100 of these river monsters. Scientists and coroners have determined that the victims may have even been alive and simply incapacitated when the Candiru asu struck.
At least 4,000 people left four villages in the central Dowa district, some 100 km from the capital Lilongwe, last week when the wild animal, suspected to be a rabid hyena, killed at least three people and severely injured 16 others.
Police told the French news agency, AFP, that dozens of security officers have been deployed in villages to “safeguard peoples lives”.
The rampaging beast roaming the mountainous region has still not been caught.
Bagarius yarrelli, also known as the Giant Devil Catfish or Goonch is a very large species of catfish in genus Bagarius found in rivers in South Asia. It can grow up to 2metres in length-the size of a man.
Kali River Goonch attacks:
The Kali River goonch attacks were a series of fatal attacks on humans believed to be perpetrated by man-eating goonch catfish in three villages on the banks of the Kali River in India and Nepal, between 1998 and 2007.
The first attack occurred in April 1998, when at 13:00, 17-year-old Dil Bahada, while swimming in the river, was dragged underwater in front of his girlfriend and several eyewitnesses. No remains were found, even after a three-day search spanning 5 kilometers. Three months later, at Dharma Ghat, a young boy was pulled underwater in front of his father. No corpse was ever found.
Nine years later, in April 2007 at Nagru Ghat, the attacks began again. Eighteen-year-old Atal Kumar, while swimming in deep water with his friend, was suddenly dragged underwater. During the attack, a villager named Surendra Bohra got a glimpse of the attacker, describing it as looking like an “elongated pig”, and identifying it as a “soos”. A search party undertaken by the entire village found no remains or clothing.
Of all the terrifying creatures of the world, least often thought of after nightmarish maneaters of the deep such as sharks, is the catfish. With 37 families and thousands of species, the Catfish is the 3rd most diverse order of vertebrates on Earth.
While most species of catfish are harmless to humans, few species are known to be dangerous and even present a life threatening danger in some parts of the world.
Many species of catfish have ‘stings’ which are mostly non-venomous, but care should be taken when handling the fish.
Also know as Python Reiculatus, the reticulated Python is the longest species of snake in the world. They average 3-6metres in length but have been recorded to grow past 6.95m. They are nonvenomous constrictors and while not normally considered a danger to humans some specimens are large and powerful enough to kill and consume a human adult.
Danger to humans
Attacks on humans are rare, but this species has been responsible for several human fatalities, in both the wild and captivity. They are among the few snakes that have been fairly reliably reported to eat people, although only a few cases of the snake actually eating (rather than just killing) a human appear to be authenticated:
Two incidents, apparently in early 20th century Indonesia: On Salibabu, a 14-year-old boy was killed and supposedly eaten by a specimen 5.17 m (c.17 ft) in length. Another incident involved an adult woman reputedly eaten by a “large reticulated python”, but few details are known.
Franz Werner reports a case from Burma occurring either in the early 1910s or in 1927. A jeweller named Maung Chit Chine, who went hunting with his friends, was apparently eaten by a 6 m (20 ft.) specimen after he sought shelter from a rainstorm in or under a tree. Supposedly, he was swallowed feet-first, contrary to normal snake behavior, but perhaps the easiest way for a snake to actually swallow a human.
In 1932, Frank Buck wrote about a teenage boy who was eaten by a pet 25 ft (7.6 m). reticulated python in the Philippines. According to Buck, the python escaped, and when it was found, a human child’s shape was recognized inside the snake. It turned out to be the son of the snake’s owner.
Among a small group of Agta negritos in the Philipppines, six deaths by python have been documented within a period of 40 years, plus one who died later of an infected bite.
On September 4, 1995, Ee Heng Chuan, a 29-year-old rubber tapper from the southern Malaysian state of Johor, was killed by a large reticulated python. The victim had apparently been caught unaware and was squeezed to death. The snake had coiled around the lifeless body with the victim’s head gripped in its jaws when it was stumbled upon by the victim’s brother. The python, measuring 23 ft (7.0 m) long and weighing more than 300 lb, was killed soon after by the arriving police, who required four shots to bring it down.
According to Mark Auliya, the corpse of 32-year-old Mangyan, Lantod Gumiliu, was recovered from the belly of a 7-metre (23 ft) reticulated python on Mindoro, probably in January, 1998.
On October 23, 2008, a 25-year-old Virginia Beach, Virginia woman, Amanda Ruth Black, appeared to have been killed by a 13-foot (4.0 m) pet reticulated python. The apparent cause of death was asphyxiation. The snake was later found in the bedroom in an agitated state.
On January 21, 2009, a 3-year-old Las Vegas boy was wrapped by an 18-foot (5.5 m) pet reticulated python, turning blue. The boy’s mother, who had been babysitting the python on behalf of a friend, rescued the toddler by gashing the python with a knife. The snake was later euthanized because of its fatal wounds.
Considering the known maximum prey size, it is technically possible for a full-grown specimen to open its jaws wide enough to swallow a human child, teenager, or even an adult, although the flaring shoulders of Homo sapiens could pose a problem for a snake with insufficient size (< 6 meters). The victim would almost certainly be dead by the time the snake started swallowing.