My elder sister aggravated my fear with horrific tales of my aunt's predeliction for feeding on little children while they slept in their beds and if I spoke to my parents about it then she would transform into a witch and eat us all up.
My relationship with my ex-favorite aunt suffered for a year until I discovered that it all was just a figure of speech and now having a kid of my own I’m familiar with the loving, engulfing urge.
Cannibalism, as most of us know, is something that most of our ancestors probably indulged in and maybe that is why that feeling under the guise of love surfaces again and again. An article in the National Geographic talks about a gene that many of us carry which protects us against a brain disease caused by eating human flesh.
Scientists from England, Australia, and Papua New Guinea say that cannibalism is the most likely explanation for their discovery that genes protecting against brain diseases that can be contracted by eating contaminated flesh have long been spread throughout the world.
A growing body of evidence, such as piles of human bones with clear signs of human butchery, suggests cannibalism was widespread among ancient cultures. The discovery of this genetic resistance, which shows signs of having spread as a result of natural selection, supports the physical evidence for cannibalism, say the scientists.