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We Are All Cannibals: And Other Essays

Claude Lévi-Strauss


On Christmas Eve 1951, Santa Claus was hanged and then publicly burned outside of the Cathedral of Dijon in France. That same decade, ethnologists began to study the indigenous cultures of central New Guinea, and found men and women affectionately consuming the flesh of the ones they loved. “Everyone calls what is not their own custom barbarism,” said Montaigne. In these essays, Claude Lévi-Strauss shows us behavior that is bizarre, shocking, and even revolting to outsiders but consistent with a people’s culture and context. These essays relate meat eating to cannibalism, female circumcision t ... More

Keywords: Cannibalism, Anthropology, Ethnology, Myth, Religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231170680
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claude Lévi-Strauss, author