Udre Udre: The World's Most Prolific Cannibal
Udre Udre, a 19th century Fijian chief has reportedly eaten between 872 and 999 people (he holds the Guinness World Record!). As a matter of record keeping, he kept a stone for each body he ate. The stones were placed alongside his tomb in Rakiraki, in northern Veti Levu. According to Udre Udre's son, the chiefs of Rakiraki would go to the battlefield along with Udre Udre and they would each give him every body part of their victims, especially the head, preserving what he couldn't eat in one sitting for consumption later. It is believed that had he consumed his 1000th body, he would have become immortal.
The Fiji Islands were nicknamed ''The Cannibal Isles'' due to the common practice which shocked and horrified Western explorers and missionaires who visited the area. Udre Udre was not different from the other Fijian chiefs, who were eating the flesh of their dead enemies. In Fiji, were so many isolated tribes existed, having different backgrounds and cultures, the reason for practicing cannibalism were various. In the case of some tribes or individuals, the prime motive at any one time might have been revenge: at another, simply bestial appetite.
Source: Hyaena Gallery