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9 Truly Horrific And Bizarre Historical Facts

We used to eat corpses as medicine.

1. Cannibalism was really big in Europe during the 16th and 17th century as a form of medicine.

2. In fact, it was such a popular practise that Egyptian mummies are rare nowadays not because few survived the thousands of years in their tombs, but because few survived the cannibalistic demands of 17th century Europeans.

3. The convulsions that a body may undergo on death were often thought of as demons possessing human bodies without fully resurrecting them during the medieval times.

4. As a space-saving technique, the skeletal remains of buried bodies would be dug up and moved to underground crypts called ossuaries. Many more remains could be stored that way.

5. The Fijian Chieftain Udre Udre is believed to have been the world's most prolific cannibal, apparently eating nothing but human flesh and consuming the bodies of at least 872 people in his lifetime.

6. In a now abaondoned ritual, wives of deceased husbands in India would (supposedly voluntarily) light themselves on fire on their former partner's pyre.

7. Viking chieftan funerals were particularly brutal – not so much for the deceased, but for the slave girls who "volunteered" to join him in the afterlife.

8. Romans used urine as a mouthwash.

9. Binding books in human skin was a big thing in the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly anatomical books and erotica.