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Anthropophagi

by Micha F. Lindemans
In English lore, headless cannibals. They have a little brain located near their reproductive organs, their eyes are in his their shoulders and their mouths are in the center of their chests. The were made popular by William Shakespeare in Merry Wives of Windsor (1602) and Othello (1605), but were part of English lore before that.

In the 5th century BCE, Herodotus wrote in his fourth book of his famous work The Histories about cannibalism practised by tribes inhabiting the region of the Euxine (Black Sea). He called them the Androphagoi, or man-eaters. More information here.


Article details:

  • Also known as:
    Androphagoi
  • Etymology:
    Man-eating

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