Cannibal tribe eats thieves as punishment – but leave one body part

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A terrifying cannibal tribe living deep in the jungle cooks thieves over fire before eating them as a brutal form of punishment – but they leave one body part intact.

Drew Binsky was on a solo trip into the heart of a jungle in Papua New Guinea when he met the Korowai people, a reclusive tribe abiding by a bizarre and archaic set of horrific rituals.

Binsky also met with the Momuna tribe, close neighbours of the Korowai, who told him all about vicious practices too grizzly for the traveler to witness with his own eyes, including how they only retain the victim’s penis, hair and nails.

He said on his Youtube channel: “I learned that the Korowai don’t eat humans for enjoyment or nutritional value. It’s simply a form of punishment.

“You steal something, you get burned over a fire and eaten.”

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The tribe also kills and eats people believed to be possessed. They also allegedly believe that an evil demon called a khakua can own a human being and “eat” them from the inside, transforming them into a witch.

Binsky continued: “The Korowai believe that mysterious deaths like diseases are attributed to the khakua or evil demons who take on the human form.

“Khakuas are said to disguise themselves as friends or family members in an attempt to gain the trust of the tribe so they can later kill them.

“It’s Korowai tradition to perform cannibalistic rituals on anyone believed to be a khakua so they can protect the tribe’s members… it’s part of a revenge-based justice system.”

The tribe has a distinct look, wearing little to no clothing and its members also use bow and arrows.

The Korowai people believed they were the humans on Earth up until 1974, when anthropologists travelled into the Indonesian provinces of South Papua and Highland Papua, where they also live.

Cannibalism was commonly practiced by prehistoric humans and it continued into the 19th century in certain isolated areas in South Pacific cultures, such as in Fiji.

Korowai are one of the few remaining tribes thought to still eat human flesh.


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They are based around 100 miles inland from the Arafura Sea and still live with little knowledge of the outside world beyond their own culture.

According to estimates, there are some 4,000 Korowai still present in the region.

The anthropologist Paul Taylor claimed in his 1994 documentary film – Lords of the Garden – that the tribe’s attachment to its treehouses and surrounding land form a core part of their identity and belief systems.

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