Mexico: Evidence Found of Cannibalism among Xiximes

Posted on July 28, 2011 • Filed under: Archaeology, Culture, Mexico

After four years of investigations, specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have confirmed that the pre-Hispanic Xiximes in northern Mexico practiced cannibalism for religious purposes, according to a report released by the institute. Anthropological studies on 40 sets of human bones revealed that they showed signs of being cut and boiled, revealing cannabalistic practices as a rite involving only the Xiximes themselves. It is believed the rites were practiced to “feed the soul” with that of another human being. Read Article

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