A History of Medicinal Cannibalism: Therapeutic Consumption of Human Bodies, Blood, & Excrement in “Civilized” Societies

Cannibalism gave imperial powers compelling justifications for their colonial endeavors; indigenous Americans and Australasians were backward, uncivilized, savage, and ritual cannibalism served as proof of their need for a guiding hand. But it’s not that easy. Why? Because right at the moment when Europeans were using cannibalism to demean indigenous Read more…

Recogimiento

Recogimiento: Virginity, Enclosure, and Female Virtue in Colonial Latin America

Listen, download, watch on YouTube, or scroll down for the transcript. Related Episodes: Coverture: Married Women and Legal Personhood in Britain Marriage in America: A Brief History What’s in a Name? North American Naming Conventions and the “Death” of Patrilineal Lines Transcript for “Recogimiento: Virginity, Enclosure, and Female Virtue in Colonial Read more…