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Exocannibalism (from Greek Exo-, "from outside" and Cannibalism, 'to eat humans'), as opposed to endocannibalism, is the consumption of flesh outside one's close social group—for example, eating one's enemy. It is usually associated with the perpetration of ultimate violence or as a means of imbibing valued qualities of the victim, [1] as well as a symbolic expression of the domination of an enemy in warfare.[2] Such practices have been documented in such cultures as the Aztecs from Mexico, the Carib and the Tupinamba from South America.

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  1. ^ Cannibalism, Encyclopedia of Death and Dying.
  2. ^ James W. Dow, Cannibalism, Reprinted from Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, Vol. 1. Barbara A. Tenenbaum, ed. Pp. 535-537. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons[copyright violation?]