The Cannibal Cult Who Wanted to Become Bulletproof

(Telegraph) Cannibalism was part of traditional culture in Papua New Guinea, where human flesh was known as 'long pig,' and survived in isolated pockets into the latter part of the 20th century while the country was under Australian colonial rule Photo: ALAMY Click here to read more.

(Independent) ‘Cannibal cult members’ arrested for murder, eating raw brains and making penis soup

ROB WILLIAMS FRIDAY 13 JULY 2012

The cult members believed that by eating alleged witch doctors’ body parts they would attain their spiritual powers, and become bullet-proof

Authorities in Papua New Guinea have arrested 29 members of a suspected cannibal cult accused of killing seven people before eating their brains and making soup from their penises.

The accused are alleged to have been part of a 1000-strong group which was formed to take on suspected witch doctors.

They believed their victims had all been involved in ‘sanguma’, or sorcery, and that they had been demanding sex and money from villagers in return for exercising their spiritual powers.

A Madang Police Commander, Anthony Wagambie, confirmed reports that the cult members had eaten the victims’ brains raw and had made soup from their penises.

“They don’t think they’ve done anything wrong; they admit what they’ve done openly,” Wagambie said.

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