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The Beginning Was the End (1971 book)

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The Beginning Was the End – How Man Came Into Being Through Cannibalism – Intelligence Can Be Eaten
Author Oscar Kiss Maerth
Country Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany)
Language German
German title Der Anfang war das Ende – Der Mensch entstand durch Kannibalismus
German publisher Econ Verlag
German pub. date 1971

Der Anfang war das Ende – Der Mensch entstand durch Kannibalismus – Intelligenz ist eßbar (English: The Beginning Was the End – How Man Came Into Being Through Cannibalism – Intelligence Can Be Eaten) is a German book, written by Oscar Kiss Maerth, which details the author's hypothesis that human evolution was triggered by wide-spread cannibalistic encephalophagy by our ancestors, arguing that the practice provoked extreme sexual excitation, as a reward mechanism, and a physical expansion of the brain (with accompanying increases in intelligence). The book was translated and published in several languages subsequently: Dutch in 1971; French, Italian, Spanish, and English in 1973; with the English edition being first published in the United States in 1974.

Background

Kiss Maerth authored his book while in residence at the Tsing Shan Monastery (青山禪院), a Mahayana Buddhist compound at Castle Peak near Tuen Mun, Hong Kong.

Editions

European

  • Maerth, Oscar Kiss (1971) (in German), Der Anfang war das Ende – Der Mensch entstand durch Kannibalismus – Intelligenz ist eßbar, Düsseldorf: Econ Verlag 
  • Maerth, Oscar Kiss; Walraven, Kees (1971) (in Dutch), Het Einde Was Het Begin – Een Opzienbarende Theorie Over De Ontwikkeling Van De Mens, Baarn: Meulenhoff 
  • Maerth, Oscar Kiss; Audiberti, Marie-Louise (1973) (in French), Étrange Naissance De L'homme, Paris: Éditions Robert Laffont 
  • Maerth, Oscar Kiss; De Agostini, Silvio (1973) (in Italian), Il Principio Era La Fine – Svelato Il Mistero Dell'origine Dell'uomo – L'intelligenza E Commestibile, Milano: Ferro 
  • Maerth, Oscar Kiss; Faber-Kaiser, Michael (1973) (in Spanish), El Principio Era El Fin – El Insospechado Orígen Del Hombre, Barcelona: Barral 

Anglo-American (in English)