Believe it or not: Than Shwe the cannibal

Believe it or not: Than Shwe the cannibal

Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Badanta Vinaya, Myanmar (Burma)

a very famous Buddhist monk in Myanmar

Lord Buddha related the story of cannibalism destroyed 90,000 golden hintha birds. They all were destroyed because they eat back their fellow birds. Nowadays Myanmar Tatmadaw SPDC Junta Generals are starting to eat the flesh of human. It could be the dawn of their destruction.



There is a rumour spreading in Myanmar recently. Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Badanta Vinaya also known as Thamanya Sayadaw’s (AD 1910 – 2003) flesh was fried and eaten by Senior General Than Shwe, wife Daw Kyaine Kyaine and General Maung Aye.



The rumours further claimed that they had done so to attain the powers of the revered sayadaw, according to the astrologer’s advice. General Maung Aye was said to be allowed to eat the smallest portion so that his powers could not exceed the No. 1 couple.    



deputy Senior General Maung Aye


“Saturn devouring his children”, Francisco de Goya.


Cannibalism in Brazil in 1557 as alleged by Hans Staden.

Cannibalism in Brazil in 1557 as alleged by Hans Staden.

A Woman-Cannibal, by Leonardo Kern, 1650

A Woman-Cannibal, by Leonardo Kern, 1650After eating the Sayadaw’s flesh, Than Shwe was so euphoric and tried to jump up into the air but instead of flying into the air, he fell down onto the floor and got the back injury. So he was late for two weeks in seeing the Cyclone Nargis victims.


There are unconfirmed numerous allegations of atrocities committed by SPDC soldiers, that Bama soldiers frequently committed cannibalism by eating the heart and liver of the Ethnic Minority rebel soldiers in Shan and Karen States.

Cannibal ( noun) A person who eats the flesh of other humans. An animal that feeds on others of its own kind.

Canabalism and Massacre of Indian Shans by Bama Tatmadaw veteran hero Maha Bandoola, icon of Than Shwe.



— the sort of fighting and bloody killings that took place between 1812-19 when the Burmese kings of Mandalay tried to conquer and subdue the Shan Ahom kingdom in Assam, India, where the Burmese General Maha Bandula’s troops committed indescribable cruelties and barbarities as to decimate something like 2/3 of the population and certainly 1/3 of the men and boys – disemboweling them, eating their flesh and burning them alive in cages to intimidate and suppress the Shan Ahom of Assam,India. (Reference: History of Assam by Sir Edward Gaits.) 

This event so weakened and disorganized the Shan Ahom that by 1839 the kingdom was completely annexed by the British. Before that from about 1220 – 1812 AD they maintained themselves under one Dynasty, (that of Mong Mao 568-1604 AD when its descendants ruled Hsenwi or Theinni in Burmese). Indeed the Shan Ahom resisted conquest by the Mughals who had conquered much of India before the British incursion. 

(Reference “DIALOGUE WITH A SHAN LEADER, H.R.H HSO KHAN PHA” . Tiger Yawnghwe or His Royal Highness Prince Hso Khan Pha; he is the eldest son of Sao Shwe Thaik, the former Saopha[Prince] of Yawnghwe[Nyaung-Shwe] and the first President of Burma after Burma’s Independence from British colonial rule. Interview with Dr Tayza, Chief Editor of Burma Digest. read here and  


Burmese translation of above interview_here

Cannibalism is the act of one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food. The act or practice of eating human flesh by mankind. Hence; Murderous cruelty; barbarity. The usually ritualistic eating of human flesh by humans.


Mormon cricket cannibals.jpg


Three female w:Mormon crickets feeding on another Mormon cricket. Note long stinger-like ovipositors. Photo taken June 9 2006 in Palomino Valley, NV.


The term derives from the Spanish name (Caríbales or Caníbales) for the Carib people, first encountered by Christopher Columbus. Reliable firsthand accounts of the practice are comparatively rare, causing some to question whether full-blown cannibalism has ever existed.


Female mantis devouring male So Calif.jpg

This female mantis was photographed on my terrace devouring a male which I had been previously watching eat crickets in the morning. Photo by H. Mochizuki c 2006. Actually, both of these are females. Males have much longer and differently-shaped wings.

 Cannibalism in Muscovy and Lithuania 1571

Cannibalism in Muscovy and Lithuania 1571Most agree that the consumption of particular portions or organs was a ritual means by which certain qualities of the person eaten might be obtained or by which powers of witchcraft and sorcery might be exercised. In some cases, a small portion of the dead person was ritually eaten by relatives. Headhunters (see headhunting) sometimes consumed bits of the bodies or heads of deceased enemies. The Aztecs apparently practiced cannibalism on a large scale as part of the ritual of human sacrifice.

The practice of eating human flesh, normally either out of dire need or for ceremonial purposes. The latter is more common, and usually related to a belief that eating parts of deceased relatives or enemies slain in battle allows their power to be passed on to the celebrants. The practice is not easy to prove from the archaeological record, although cutmarks on bone that relate to de-fleshing a corpse, the splitting of long bones, and the systematic opening of the skull to extract the brain are usually taken as strong indicators.

The most abhorrent practice is that of sadistic or psychopathological murder and consumption of human tissue.

 Monk’s body taken by armed group

Apr 2, 2008 (DVB)–The body of revered monk U Winiya was stolen from its coffin at a monastery on Tharmanya Hill last night by a group of armed men, a member of staff at the monastery said.

U Winiya’s body has been on display in a glass coffin at the monastery since his death, and Buddhists have come from across Burma to pay their respects to the monk.

A staff member at the monastery said the body had been taken during the night by an unknown armed group.

“At around midnight last night, about 10 armed men in combat uniforms came in with three trucks and took the body of the monk U Winiya out of its coffin,” she said.

“There were two members of staff at the shrine at the time, but they were told at gun point to lie face down, so no one got a clear look at [the men’s] faces.”

The staff member said the hill is now being guarded by soldiers and police officers who are also conducting an investigation into the case.

According to AFP reporting quoting a local official, there have been rumours that the body was taken by members of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army.

“We are still investigating the case. We heard members of the DKBA took it. But they have no right to do so,” the official said.

U Winiya, the former Sayadaw [abbot] of Tharmanya Hill monastery, died four years ago at the age of 93.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw The DKBA is allied with the country’s ruling junta, and sometimes battles other ethnic Karen rebels as a proxy force for the regime.

“No one knows where they are taking it to and what for,” said one resident in the nearby town of Hpaan.

 Cannibalism and Disease

The Fore tribe of the highlands of Papua New Guinea was investigated at length beginning in 1957 by D. Carleton Gajdusek, who won a Nobel prize in 1976 for his study of the neurological-degenerative disease kuru, which he determined was caused by human contact with infected human brain tissue. Kuru, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy are all transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) and were formerly believed to be caused by a slow virus infection; recent evidence indicates that they are conveyed by proteins called prions. Among the Fore, the principal pattern of contact with infected human tissue was during the mortuary preparation associated with endocannibalistic consumption of dead kin. In 1979 William Arens challenged Gajdusek’s explanation for the spread of kuru on the grounds that there were no direct observations of cannibalism in the Fore people.

Whether cannibalism reflects pathological behavior depends on the circumstances of consumption.


Kuru can be used as an example of how endocannibalism led to a disastrous epidemic of a degenerative encephalopathic disease, the discovery of a whole class of diseases called prion diseases, a Nobel Prize won by D. Carleton Gajdusek, and the beginning of our understanding of mad cow disease, which led to the mass destruction of livestock in the United Kingdom.





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