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Early European colonial powers discovered people-eating in some of the indigenous peoples they met around the world. What was their initial conclusion concerning why this choice is made? What does Harris think is the driving force making some societies people-eaters and others not? Explain the theories in detail, explaining the logic and evidence. Also address the concept of food taboos. Europeans who came across indigenous people who ate other people initially had dismissive attitudes towards them, as Europeans viewed this as taboo, or deviant behavior that was unthinkable, and not part of the norms within European society. Because of this taboo, Europeans believed the indigenous people were not as civilized as them, and that they were wrong and immoral for their cannibalistic behavior. In addition, Europeans felt that they were superior, and should teach the indigenous people to change their ways by becoming more like the Europeans, such as changing the way they act and think in a way that is similar to European’s spiritual and political beliefs.
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  • Fall '16
  • Marvin Harris, Early European colonial powers

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