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Papua New Guinea 'cannibal cult' charged with killing and eating witch doctors

July 15 2012 at 7:43 AM
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Papua New Guinea 'cannibal cult' charged with killing and eating witch doctors
AP
July 13, 201211:19PM


A group of 29 Papua New Guineans were allegedly part of a cannibal cult that killed and ate seven witch doctors, trying to take their powers. Source: AFP

AUTHORITIES have arrested 29 people accused of being part of a cannibal cult in Papua New Guinea's jungle interior and charged them with the murders of seven suspected witch doctors, police say.

Madang Police Commander Anthony Wagambie confirmed a report in The National newspaper that said the cult members allegedly ate their victims' brains raw and made soup from their penises.

"They don't think they've done anything wrong; they admit what they've done openly," Cmdr Wagambie told The Associated Press by telephone.

He said the killers believed that their victims practised "sanguma", or sorcery, and that they had been extorting money as well as demanding sex from poor villagers for their supernatural services.

By eating witch doctors' organs, the cult members believed they would attain supernatural powers and literally become bullet-proof, he said.

"It's prevalent cult activity," Cmdr Wagambie said. He said he believes there could be between 700 and 1000 cult members in several villages in PNG's remote northeast interior. All of them might have eaten human flesh, he said.

According to the report in The National, which is published in PNG, 28 men and women appeared in a Madang court on Tuesday. Cmdr Wagambie said they were charged with willful murder.

It was not clear what happened to the 29th suspect. Murder is punishable by death in PNG, a poor South Pacific island nation.

Cmdr Wagambie said the suspects were not required to plea to the murder charges and were being held in custody.

Police will gather more witness statements before pressing charges related to the cannibalism allegations, he said.

Cannibalism was part of traditional culture in PNG, 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.

Cmdr Wagambie, 36, said he had never heard of a previous case of cannibalism in his lifetime.

He expected police would make about 100 arrests over the weekend for cult-related crimes.

Four of the seven victims were murdered last week, Cmdr Wagambie said, adding that no remains had been recovered.

"They're probably all eaten up," he said.

 
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Henry T

Re: Papua New Guinea 'cannibal cult' charged with killing and eating witch doctors

July 15 2012, 11:40 AM 

Amazing. This has set back PNG's reputation in the world at least 50 years!

 
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so much for the success of the missionaries!

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July 15 2012, 11:47 AM 

Obviously both the missionaries and the colonial government failed to stamp out cannabalism. It never went away it simply went underground!

 
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christian

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July 15 2012, 10:01 PM 

dont blame missionaries for something like this ! cannibalism is practiced worldwide by people who are involved in cults and into satanism. They believe that by eating humans they will attain powers (as mentioned in the original post)

Unless you have not heard People over the world practise this . Why do you think people go missing and the numbers of people reported missing are sky rocketing ?? its due to this cult people high jacking random people of the street and offering them as sacrifices to there "god"

I appologise if my comments were disgusting and offending to some but its the truth . This is not only happening to our country ,its world wide and missionaries shouldn't be blamed ,they have done there best to reach us now lets reach those that are not saved !!!

 
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simple villager

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July 16 2012, 3:01 AM 

Search the internet and give us some recent examples of this number of people involved in canabalism elsewhere in the world, ok? Show us the actual examples and then we'll believe you.

It looks to me like you have a vivid imagination!

 
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