Captives being butchered and roasted by a Tupinamba family group for ritual consumption, woodcut, in Warhaftige Historia und Beschreibung, by Hans Staden, 1557 (Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro via archive.org)

Captives being butchered and roasted by a Tupinamba family group for ritual consumption, woodcut, in Warhaftige Historia und Beschreibung, by Hans Staden, 1557 (Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro via archive.org)

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