Skip to main content

A brief history of cannibalism - Bill Schutt


7,092 Questions Answered

TEDEd Animation

Let’s Begin…

15th century Europeans believed they had hit upon a miracle cure: a remedy for epilepsy, hemorrhage, bruising, nausea and virtually any other medical ailment. It was a brown powder known as “mumia,” and was made by grinding up mummified human flesh. But just how common is human cannibalism, and how do cultures partake in it? Bill Schutt explores the complex history of cannibalism.

About TED-Ed Animations

TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Educator Bill Schutt
  • Director Diego Huacuja
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • BASA Line Producer Melissa López Ley
  • Art Director Diego Huacuja
  • Storyboard Artist Diego Huacuja
  • Animator Jesús Vargas, Emilia Schettino, Alberto Bala, Daniela Espinosa
  • Designer Jesús Vargas, Emilia Schettino
  • Illustrator Jesús Vargas
  • Audio Design Igor Figueroa
  • Production Company Little Ugly
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

More from Getting Under Our Skin