Friday, September 07, 2007

Cannibalism update 'Battle rage' fed Maori cannibalism
Pre-European Maori practised cannibalism but not to consume a dead enemy's mana, says a historian and author.

Professor Paul Moon, who is writing a book on cannibalism, believes the practice had more to do with what he calls "post-battle rage".

In his inaugural address as a professor at Auckland University of Technology he said some believe cannibalism never took place in New Zealand.

Too difficult to tell from the article what the basis for it is, so I shan't offer up any critique.