I was telling a friend about a sign I saw at Disneyworld stating how all the cannibals were corralled on to the island of Tobago by the colonists. When looking in to it, I could not find any evidence online.
Instead, it appears this is a myth. This leads to the obvious question: is there any evidence at all of human cannibalism anywhere ever?
Cannibal stories about the Carib Indian and human cannibalism in the Caribbean are pure myth.
The rather unfortunate concept of a bloodthirsty Carib Indian not only colored future contacts, but cannibal stories made excellent political propaganda to support the enslavement of thousands of natives by the Conquistadors. Human cannibalism was sinful and therefore abhorrent to Isabella, their queen and benefactor, therefore all Caribs, or anyone labeled as such, deserved enslavement.
You will likely have seen the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, in which Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by a Carib Indian tribe bent on a good meal. Such cannibal stories while entertaining belong in works of fiction and Disney movies. Unfortunately however, they are misleading and continue to perpetuate the fabricated European myth of human cannibalism in the Caribbean.
Once more we see Disney front and centre of the myth making business. Who are their biggest customers? Our youth. What better group to target when shaping our future culture?No tags for this post.