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Old 05-29-2017, 02:49 AM
 
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Just wondering, do cannibals still exist deep in the wild forests of South East Asia? I am talking about countries like Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. If they do, are they ready to attack/take advantage of tourists?
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Old 05-29-2017, 07:38 AM
 
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Just wondering, do cannibals still exist deep in the wild forests of South East Asia? I am talking about countries like Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. If they do, are they ready to attack/take advantage of tourists?
I think they still have some deep in the jungles of Indonesia and maybe in the Philippines, i don't think they have them in the other countries.
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Old 05-30-2017, 10:55 AM
 
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please cite any source that cannibals ever existed in SE Asia or Asia?
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:49 AM
 
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Just wondering, do cannibals still exist deep in the wild forests of South East Asia? I am talking about countries like Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. If they do, are they ready to attack/take advantage of tourists?
Only if you look particularly plump and tender. Nobody wants tough and gristly - too much work for too little benefit.
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:10 PM
 
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It is 2017. If such cannibals existed deep in the jungles of some of these countries, I'm sure you would have heard about it. If not because of the missing tourist in question, then surely because the cannibals would have shared their delectable "catch" via their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

But don't let any possible fear stop you from jungle exploration. Do keep us posted when you return. And if you don't, well...I guess we would have our answer, wouldn't we?

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Old 05-30-2017, 01:47 PM
 
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Just wondering, do cannibals still exist deep in the wild forests of South East Asia? I am talking about countries like Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. If they do, are they ready to attack/take advantage of tourists?
As for Thailand, there are no cannibalistic tribes in Thailand. Dated August 2009, a bunch of photos were posted by Snopes supposedly depicting the carving up and eating a human body in Thailand with what was claimed to be a cannibalistic act. However, the Royal Thai Embassy (included in the article) said that the cannibalism claim was a complete misrepresentation and provided an explanation of what the images actually show. In other words, the Thai cannibalism claim is a hoax. I'm not going to post the link as the photos are pretty grim, but you can do a web search for the Snopes article entitled: Thai Cannibalism Photos.

The Korowai tribe in Papua New Guinea were known to practice eating human flesh, but I suspect they no longer do that today. The reason is due to parasitic infections and diseases that can be spread by cannibalism. In addition, younger people of tribes that have drifted toward more populated cities, lose their cultural heritage, leave the tribes and seldom, if ever return to the old ways. As contact with the modern world increased communication about diseases, the practice has likely decreased among cannibalistic tribals.

There may be a few extremely remote pockets around the world that practice cannibalism, but not very many, if any at all.

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Old 05-30-2017, 03:08 PM
 
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OP asked about SE Asia, specifically those countries listed; Papua New Guinea is in Oceana.
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Old 05-30-2017, 06:16 PM
 
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OP asked about SE Asia, specifically those countries listed; Papua New Guinea is in Oceana.
Thanks. I had to look it up. It seems we're both right. Papua New Guinea is also considered part of Indonesia, and Indonesia is considered part of Southeast Asia. Yes, you're quite right, it's not one of the countries the OP listed. Regardless, that was the only place I could think of in all of SE Asia where there had ever been the practice of cannibalism, and I have my doubts that it's still practiced there.

I began my post with Thailand, since that was indeed on the OP's list, and that's also the SE Asian country I'm most familiar with. As I mentioned, the only thing I could find about any possible cannibalism in Thailand was essentially nothing more than someone who posted a misrepresentation with a series of photos on the internet, claiming them to be evidence of cannibalism. Essentially it was either a hoax or blundering ignorance. Having spent plenty of time in Thailand, I've never heard of any remote forest dwelling tribes or villages practicing cannibalism there.

I think we agree that the OP need not be concerned about becoming lunch in SE Asia. There are no cannibals to be found there.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:30 PM
 
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It is reasonable to assume that all regions of the world populated by humans have experienced at least some rare instances of non-ritual cannibalism, that is either in some desperate famine or a situation where food was otherwise unobtainable such as occurred on a Vietnamese refugee ship in the 1980s. Another form of non-ritual cannibalism is that caused by madness or psychopathy such as the act being carried out by a serial killer with a fetish for anthropophagy.

Less common, but far from rare are societies that engage(d) in ritual cannibalism which was a societally sanctioned cannibalism such as that practiced by some cultures in Malaysia/Borneo and Indonesia.
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Old 05-31-2017, 04:32 PM
 
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head hunting, yes..but cannibalism?
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