The eating of all or part of the physical or symbolic body of a given person or personified entity in hopes of gaining one or more of their desirable attributes.
I was sitting in church on Sunday and witnessed something I had seen a million times, the sacrament. I dawned on me, rather unnervingly, that I was witnessing a rather savage, disturbing custom: the ceremonial eating of human flesh and drinking of human blood. Sure, symbolically, it belongs to a demi-god and we are hoping to gain some kind of spiritual influence through partaking, but damn... I actually had to pass it by. The older woman to my immediate left, however, actually licked her fingers and smiled. Her visage was so sublime I couldn't bear to tell her she had a crumb of archetypal godflesh clinging to the corner of her mouth.
Maybe anthropophagy stems from the cults of Dionysis. He does have some things in common with Jesus:
Dionysus comes down to earth as god made flesh as a savior and is the son of God.
His Father is a god and his mother is a mortal virgin.
His born in a humble stable on December 25 before three shepherds.
He dies at Easter time for the sins of the world.
After he dies he descends into hell and rises again on the third day.
He preaches about a Holy communion of his sacred body and blood for the forgiveness of sins.
Hey, isn't that Baccus???