the septenary (diapholom) wrote,
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For example, a woman's brain, maybe the most significant catalyst for the spread

of kuru, was prepared for a woman's son's wife or her brother's wife (Lindenbaum, 1979).
The disproportion between the sexes results because, among the Fore, cannibalism was generally considered a habit of women, and because children, male and female, stay with the women until the males are initiated
The reasoning behind the claim is that kuru was transmitted through cannibalism in Papua New Guinea when relatives would eat their dead relative's brains as a sign of mourning

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