According to the book of I Enoch, Angels sent to watch over humans, became corrupt when they decided to take daughters of men as wives as mentioned in Genesis Chapter 6. The offspring of this unholy union were “giants.” I wonder if “monsters” could be a possible translation for that ancient word. According to the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the word Rephaim and Nephilim and Anakim are just transliterations of the ancient language and not a real translation because we don’t have a word that means the same thing. In some modern translations, when the term is translated, it is rendered “giants.” But one or another of these terms is also used in the Bible to refer to the spirits of the dead, shades, or simply the dead. “It is difficult to identify whether the Rephaim were humans (living or dead), quasi-divine figures, or disembodied spirits. Old Testament usage associates the term with all these possibilities, while external Semitic source texts in which the term is found (Ugaritic, Phoenician) do not describe the Rephaim as giants.”[1] Enoch explains that the “giants” took over the world and consumed everything that men produced. Men had to serve these giants and bring them whatever they had. Then in I Enoch, chapter 7, it says, “And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind.” Could this mean that the offspring of the demons fed on man’s flesh? It sounds like it. Verse 5 says, “And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood.” If Enoch is actually written by the 7th from Adam, we might find the source of the prohibition of drinking blood in this reference.

According to a Wikipedia article, “Cannibalism has been well documented in much of the world, including Fiji, the Amazon Basin, the Congo, and the Māori people of New Zealand. Neanderthals are believed to have practiced cannibalism, and Neanderthals may have been eaten by anatomically modern humans. Cannibalism was also practiced in ancient EgyptRoman Egypt and during famines in Egypt such as the great famine of 1199–1202.”[2] Some Native American Indians also practiced cannibalism. An article in the Seattle Times reports, “The first unequivocal evidence that American Indians practiced cannibalism has been discovered by researchers studying a small Anasazi settlement in what is now southwestern Colorado that was mysteriously abandoned about 1150 A.D.”[3]

There are even modern examples of cannibalism practiced for reasons other than survival.  Jeffrey Dahmer and Albert Fish were notorious cannibals. Modern science denounces the idea of Satanic possession and refers to this cannibalism as “mental illness.” There are other less famous cases as well, but we don’t like to think about demonic possession. Yet, Genesis chapters six and 1 Enoch speaks of it. 1 Enoch posits that the origin of cannibalism is demonic. In Kerth Barker’s 2014 book, “Cannibalism, Blood Drinking & High-Adept Satanism,” he talks about Satanism as a worldwide movement and how some practice cannibalism and blood-drinking.

[1] Heiser, Michael S. 2016. “Rephaim.” In The Lexham Bible Dictionary, edited by John D. Barry, David Bomar, Derek R. Brown, Rachel Klippenstein, Douglas Mangum, Carrie Sinclair Wolcott, Lazarus Wentz, Elliot Ritzema, and Wendy Widder. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.