Enter the Infinite Rabbit Hole

/u/dreamer717d on Very cool book, resonates DEEPLY with my own experiences.

The Ancient Greek religion is full of cannabalistic myths, such as Atreus and Thyestes (who ate their own families at a feast) and Tantalus (who tried to feed a son to his own father.) According to another myth, Lyacon, the first King of Arcadia, sacrificed one of his sons and served him to the god Zeus at a dinner party.

Cronus, the god of time, had pretty striong cannabalistic tendancies as well, although as he consumed only other gods, it may not count. Cronus was the father of Olympians Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus. Fearing that his children would usurp him (he had already castrated his own father with a sickle) he decided to eat them as soon as they were born. By the time Zeus (the youngest) finally arrived, the children’s mother, Rhea, was sick of this and fed her husband a stone instead.

Rakshasas are cannibalistic beings that appear in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology. According to the myth, they were created from the breath of sleeping Brahma but were so bloodthirsty from the moment they were created that they attempted to eat him immediately. The god Vishnu banished the Rakshasas to earth where they are known as as one of the Yatudhanas – beings that eat raw human flesh.

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