Cannibalism, Brazil. Engraving by Theodor de Bry for Hans Staden’s account of his 1557 captivityHans Staden (c. 1525 – c. 1579) was a German soldier and mariner who voyaged to South America. On one voyage, he was captured by the “Toppinikin” people of Brazil, who, he claimed, practised cannibalism; he survived and wrote a widely-read book describing his experiences.

Cannibalism, Brazil. Engraving by Theodor de Bry for Hans Staden’s account of his 1557 captivity
Hans Staden (c. 1525 – c. 1579) was a German soldier and mariner who voyaged to South America. On one voyage, he was captured by the “Toppinikin” people of Brazil, who, he claimed, practised cannibalism; he survived and wrote a widely-read book describing his experiences.