Papua New Guinea police arrested 29 members of an alleged cannibal cult and charged them with the murder of at least seven suspected witch doctors.
"They don't think they've done anything wrong; they admit what they've done openly," Madang Police Commander Anthony Wagambie told The Associated Press in a report published The Telegraph of London.
The alleged cannibals -- eight of whom are women -- ate their victims' brains raw and made soup from their penises, according to the report. The 29 people were part of a group of about 1,000 who are against the sorcerers charging increasingly higher fees, the AFP news service reported.
"We ate their brains raw and took body parts such as livers, hearts, penis and others back to the hausman (traditional men's houses) for our chief trainers to create other powers for the members to use," one of those arrested said, according to AFP.
To hire a witch doctor to reveal a cause of death or cast out an evil spirit, one must pay 1,000 kina ($475) cash, AFP reported, along with a pig and a bag of rice, but some sorcerers were also asking for sex as payment.
"It's against our traditional ethics and morals for a sorcerer to have intercourse with a man's wife or teenage daughter," a local cult leader in the Tangi area, inland from Madang province on Papua New Guinea's northeast coast, said, according to AFP.
The suspects are in custody, police said, and the case was adjourned until Aug. 17. Murder is punishable by death in the poor South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, The Telegraph reported.
Wagambie told the AP four of the seven victims were murdered last week, adding that no remains had been recovered.
"They're probably all eaten up," he said.
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