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Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors Themes

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Cannibalism was a major theme in this book. The only way for the survivors to sustain themselves was through cannibalism. In the beginning, many of the survivals were opposed to the practice. Some overcame their revulsion when they grew weak from hunger. It is especially significant to note that the people who committed cannibalism did so with complete reverence for the departed.This was not an easy transaction; instead it involved a mixture of contemplation and desperation. Indeed, the survivors would have perished without this food source. The survivors contemplated their choices, realized that they had none and asked for God's permission. Most believed He would approve and likened their action to the Catholic Church's practice of communion. They did what they had to do to survive and came to terms with that decision. Once rescued, however, the survivors were surprised to find that what they did was...

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