And Like a Good Neighbor, Soup Is Good Food

The U.S. isn't the only nation that believes it can wash the historical record clean with a ritual apology. The BBC reports from Erromango, an island in Vanuatu that just apologized for its history of cannibalism:

A man whose great-great grandfather was killed and eaten by cannibals has taken part in a unique reconciliation event in the South Pacific....The reconciliation event, marking the 170th anniversary of the death of [Rev. John] Williams and his fellow missionary James Harris, has been long awaited.

The President of Vanuatu, Iolo Johnson Abbil, told the BBC it was a very important event for the country as a whole, where Christianity is now strong.

He said some people from Erromango feel the island has been under a kind of "curse" because of killing missionaries.

One difference between the Erromango apology and its American equivalents: This one has actual consequences.

The connection between the Williams family and Erromango will now continue.

They have agreed to take on responsibility for the education of a seven-year-old girl who was ceremonially handed over to them in exchange for the loss of John Williams.

More cannibalism in the news: signs of human livestock in prehistoric Germany, and an on-again, off-again yarn of a human fat trade in Peru.

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  • Piltdown Man||

    He said some people from Erromango feel the island has been under a kind of "curse" because of killing missionaries.

    The curse is from not killing enough of them.

    What you need to know about cannibalism

  • ||

    What Piltdown Man said.

  • Nipplemancer||

    i was hoping for recipes

  • Steve Smith||

    STEVE CAN PROVIDE MANY RECIPES. COME TO STEVE CAVE IF INTERESTED.

  • ||

    Take any recipe involving pork. Substitute people. Then retain a competent lawyer.

  • Jonas Grumby||

    I will never forgive them for frightening Gilligan...

  • robert||

    "other island want war. Booga booga booga booga."

  • Old Mexican||

    "We're sorry we ate your ancestors"

    "Well, we're sorry we fire-bombed and Napalmed YOUR ancestors"

    I don't know which is worse. I only know that, at least when it comes to eating somebody, you have to look at what you're doing. Bombing populations don't really require too much introspection...

  • Mad Max||

    "Well, we're sorry we fire-bombed and Napalmed YOUR ancestors"

    Does this mean that the UK fire-bombed and and napalmed Erromango? If so, when?

  • anarch||

    Erromango means "I ate in error." They were apologizing from the get-go.

  • ||

    No, it means "It thought it was a mango". I.e. Error-Mango.

  • ||

    Wait... they killed and ate his great great grandfather, and as an apology he has to pay to send one of their kids to school?

  • Hannibal||

    Cannibalism means never having to say you're hungry.

  • Mad Max||

    Christianity in Vanuatu may well outlast Christianity in Formerly-Great Britain. So these missionaries may have left a more lasting legacy than if they'd simply stayed in England.

  • ||

    They really swallowed the Christian dogma, didn't they?

  • ;D||

    +1

  • Mad Max||

    They should have warned the inhabitants of Erromango about English cuisine.

  • ||

    You are what you eat.

  • Anomalous||

    "You are what you eat" is only true of cannibals and comatose vegetarians.

  • Valentine Michael Smith||

    I do not grock why an apology is necessary.

  • alan||

    Your daddy killed your momma and your biological father. Nobody expects you to get it. Ha, ha, ha,

    [hey, what is this place?]

  • Warty||

    This Goodsoup?

  • ||

    brb, soup.

  • Random College Professor ||

    We should not judge the culture of the canibal. We must accept it as part of the fabric of planet Earth. They have things they can teach us. All cultures are equal - except Western culture which is evil. But all OTHER cultures are equal.

  • ||

    It's lonely being a cannibal. Tough making friends.

  • Steve Smith||

    YES, STEVE VERY LONELY. ARRRROOOOOO

  • ||

    And then there's all the miscommunication. Meet a hot babe, mention something about her being smoking hot and you want to eat her pussy, and then hear a LOT of whining when you drag her toward to the very hot smokehouse and she realizes that you meant something very different ...

  • ||

    That's why you need a tenderizer.

  • Det. Thorn||

    It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!

  • Warty||

  • ||

    You would like a band called "Strapping Young Lad".

  • Warty||

    The rare worthwhile Canadian band.

  • The Art-P.O.G.||

    Hell yeah. Devin Townsend's the man.

  • Elf M. Sternberg||

    "And Like a Good Neighbor, Soup Is Good Food."

    Oh my elder gods, I'm so happy: I'm not the only one for whom that is just about the world's most maddening earworm. Every time I hear either of those ads, that mashup sticks in my brain for hours.

  • ||

    Eating People Is Wrong (Paperback)
    ~ Malcolm Bradbury
    http://www.amazon.com/Eating-P.....897331893/

  • alan||

    For a science article that link was really gristly, JW. I expected to see Eli Roth as the author when I double checked it.

  • Mike Laursen||

    ...where Christianity is now strong.

    Christianity? Isn't that that religion that has ritual cannibalism as its primary rite?

  • ||

    They have agreed to take on responsibility for the education of a seven-year-old girl who was ceremonially handed over to them in exchange for the loss of John Williams.

    Not to worry. The little girl will get her just desserts. We'll serve her right.

  • The Art-P.O.G.||

    Well as long as she's not eaten up with guilt inside.

  • ||

    We'll feed her self esteem and stuff her with pride.

  • cannibal eating a clown||

    Hey, does this meat taste funny to you?

  • ||

    STEVE SMITH NOT CANNIBAL!

  • ||

    I am so very, very disppointed in this thread and in the Reason commenters in general. Where are all the cannibalism jokes? I can't do everything.

  • jester||

    Funny enough it was trade that ended cannibalism. Cannibals left expat Europeans alone mostly realizing they attracted ships for trade in things they found most useful.

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