What does human flesh taste like? - Of course the age, the body part being eaten, and the cooking method shall affect the taste of the meat. Armin Meiwes, the German cannibal who killed and ate a willing man that he discovered online, reported that human flesh tastes like pork “but a little bit more bitter, stronger. It tastes quite good.”Issei Sagawa, a Japanese cannibal who killed and ate a female classmate that he had a crush on, described human flesh as “odorless” and not “gamey.” Arthur Shawcross, a serial killer who targeted prostitutes in Rochester, New York, claims that cooked human flesh tastes like a “nice roast pork.” Omaima Nelson,an Egyptian model who bludgeoned her husband to death before skinning, castrating, and eating his ribs, described eating them as “so sweet, it’s so delicious… I like mine tender.”
Ancient Egyptian model showing two men assisting in the birthing of a calf. Artist unknown; ca. 2000 BCE (11th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom). Now in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Photo credit: Keith Schengili-Roberts/Wikimedia Commons.
On Thanksgiving 1991, Omaima Nelson, a 24-year-old Egyptian model, bludgeoned and stabbed William Nelson, her husband of just two months, to death. After murdering him, she dismembered and skinned his body, castrated him, and then cooked his decapitated head and hands. She confessed to eating his ribs, saying they tasted “so sweet”. She claimed that her husband had sexually abused her and she was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 28 years to life imprisonment.
Large Egyptian Boat Model and Crew, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty XI-XII, C. 2134-1782 BC
Made of wooden polychrome stucco, this large and exceptional boat model, accompanied by its crew, is a perfect illustration of grave goods dating from the First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom. These models appear as early as the sixth dynasty (c. 2350 BC) and have the same meaning as the scenes carved on the walls of the tombs of the Old Kingdom with the aim to provide for the deceased in his or her afterlife. At nearly 60 inches long, this particular model is one of the largest known boats in existence.