Though the ancient Greeks were as horrified by cannibalism as modern people are, there are a surprising number of stories in Mythology involving human flesh being served as a meal. Cannibalism in Mythology is almost always used as a method of revenge or punishment – usually it is a father being served his children. The Greek poets often stretched tragic ideas to their limits (like Oedipus committing the worst possible crime – killing his father and marrying his mother), and this notion of cannibalism was used as the most atrocious and potent method of vengeance.
Cannibalism Symbol Timeline in Mythology
The timeline below shows where the symbol Cannibalism appears in Mythology. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...part of the story, and rejected that the “blessed gods” could ever take part in cannibalism. Pelops has a relatively successful life (for a descendant of Tantalus) and wins the hand... (full context)
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