Papua New Guinea Cult Members Arrested for Cannibalism

Papua New Guinea Cult Members Arrested for Cannibalism

Madang : Papua New Guinea | Jul 14, 2012 at 4:21 AM PDT
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29 alleged Papua New Guinea cannibals charged with killing 7 over Sorcery fees

Police in Papua New Guinea have arrested 29 members of a cannibal cult that has been accused of killing at least seven people they believed to be sorcerers.

The gang was part of a 1,000-strong group formed to combat "evil sorcerers,"who were demanding sex as payment for their services, in addition to exorbitant fees.

The cult members reportedly ate their victims brains raw and concocted soup from their penises, the Associated Press reports.

By eating their victims' organs, they believed they would themselves gain supernatural powers.

The members arrested this past week were all from the village of Biamb. The arrest included 21 men and eight women.

'It's against our traditional ethics and morals for a sorcerer to have intercourse with a man's wife or teenage daughter,' said one local cult leader .'That was the main cause of frustration that led to the forming of a group to hunt down sorcerers

Madang Police Commander Anthony Wagambie told the Associated Press that 4 of the 7 victims were likely murdered last week, but there were no remains to prove this. He added, "They're probably all eaten up."

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.

There is a widespread belief in sorcery in PNG where many people do not accept natural causes as an explanation for misfortune, illness, accidents or death.

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29 in cannibal cult arrested in Papua New Guinea
Sorcery and witchcraft is widely believed in Papua New Guinea, which brought in a Sorcery Act to protect against attacks on those accused of practising black magic
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