(among the Maori and Polynesian peoples) human flesh as food for cannibals.
(obsolete) human flesh eaten by cannibals

“human being eaten as food,” 1848, in a Pacific Islander context:

Bau literally stank for many days, human flesh having been cooked in every house, and the entrails thrown outside as food for pigs, or left to putrefy in the sun. The Somosomo people were fed with human flesh during their stay at Bau, they being on a visit at that time; and some of the Chiefs of other towns, when bringing their food, carried a cooked human being on one shoulder, and a pig on the other; but they always preferred the “long pig,” as they call a man when baked. [“FEEJEE.–Extract of a Letter from the Rev. John Watsford, dated Ono, October 6th, 1846.” in “Wesleyan Missionary Notices,” Sept. 1847]


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