The habit of feeding on the skin of corpse's within the same tribal group or region is known as endocannibalism. Endocannibalism has been conducted in the past, but a group of individuals from South America recently demonstrated this very same behaviour. They're feeding on their ancestors who have passed away.
Endocannibalism was a frequent practise among the Wari inhabitants of Western Brazil. In a mortuary, the burned bodies of other Wari residents have always been eaten. Refusing to accept the practise, on the other hand, would only be considered inappropriate to the rest of the family.
In a show of grief, Yanomamo usually eat the crushed up skeletons and remains of their burnt ancestors. It was commonly believed that such actions were motivated by a desire for protein or even other foods.
The above tribal groups are resistant to western influence, preferring to maintain their traditions. The Yanomani are a naturalised group that believes that even after a human's life ends, the spirit must be preserved.
They think the body can only rest peacefully once the corpse has been roasted and consumed by family members.
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