Re: Cannibalism in Earth cults (was: Herdmen was Cannibalism in Prax)

From: Richard Hayes <richard_hayes29_at_ZXg5tHTSxIrg1J4vhNSEGeHtXjonnAif9yyKZafcLVZFOnT25GQaSJuK_SVA>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:57:25 +0000 (GMT)

Knew about human sacrifice on the dark side of Earth Worship, even in Earth worship that is just about within the Ernaldan pantheon (Ana Gor, Maran Gor(?)). Though presumably it is only in extreme circumsntaces that rites like these ever become more than a secret cult that the rest of society would think of as depraved if it knew about it. For example I could imagine some of the wilder Orlanthi partisans in Eastern Tarsh going this way, and I could also imagine it becoming a bit more more widespread (and open) during the time of Orlanth is Dead, when the Winds dropped.  
Didn't know that these human sacrifices included cannibalism too. If so, how is this squared with the more usual Heortling view that cannibalism will make you turn into a ghoul or orge?  
Richard Hayes

From: David Cake <> To: Sent: Wednesday, 22 February 2012, 7:22
Subject: Re: Herdmen was Cannibalism in Prax

On 22/02/2012, at 12:19 PM, Peter Metcalfe wrote:

> On 2/22/2012 9:33 AM, David Cake wrote:

>>     Reading the description, though, a possible flaw in my fun theory is that the cult is described as being quite specific in its cannibalism, only beings of the same species as the caster can be eaten.

> The larger flaw in your theory is that the Cannibal Cult are in Prax
> while the Pendali are in Seshnela.

    That flaw is only there if you didn't read the source you quoted yesterday "The cannibal cult has been independently discovered across Glorantha. In many places where evil ghosts are powerful, these anthropophagic practices have arisen." (TORM #9)     Leaving aside the general question of Hsunchen universalism etc - the cannibal cult it seems can crop up anywhere.

> In my opinion, the Cannibal God of the Pendali was a son of Seshna
> Likita and like Ana Gor, he was a face of the dark side of earth worship.
    One of many possible perfectly reasonable explanations. I welcome alternative speculations.     Cheers

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