ANTHROPOLOGIE
International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
 
Coverage: 1923-1941 (Vols. I-XIX) & 1962-2019 (Vols. 1-57)
ISSN 0323-1119 (Print)
ISSN 2570-9127 (Online)
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It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we inform all colleagues: Doc. MUDr. Vladimír Novotný, CSc, a long-time member of the editorial board of the Anthropologie, has died on 30th November 2019 at the age of 80 years.
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'Schott L, 1983: Cannibalism as a Factor Favouring the Spreading of a virus Disease. Anthropologie (Brno) 21, 1: 73-75'.
 
Abstract
Kuru — a disease occuring in the Eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea provides evidence of the fact that cannibalistic rites may have an accelerating effect on morbidity and mortality rates. Kuru is restricted to the Melanesian tribe of the Fore peoples who in their ritual cannibalism observe the traditional division by sexes even in their cultic matters. Kuru is a slowly progressing virus infection which was transmitted through the contamination of closely related tribe members after the skull of a deceased kuru victim had been opened. Since the traditional mourning rite had been partly abandoned, epidemiological findings changed over the past two decades, of which a decrease of the diesase in pre-adolescents and adolescents is characteristic.
 
Keywords
Cannibalism - Kuru disease - Mortality rates - Mourning rite - Consumption of human brains - Epidemiological conclusions
 
 
 
 

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