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The very short answer is that the Sarlacc gains energy from digesting non-sentient creatures (womp rats, eopies and so forth) and then uses that energy to torture its sentient victims, gaining a measure of telepathic enjoyment from their agony. In fact, it likes their pain so much that it expends energy in keeping them alive so that it can keep torturing ...


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There is some information on what happens to those unlucky enough to be eaten by a Sarlacc. This is what http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sarlacc has to say: Sarlaccs would begin their lives as spores and were able to travel great distances. When a male and female encountered one another, the smaller male would parasitically feed off the female, diminishing ...


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Suprisingly, this isn't a retcon or an attempt to explain Threepio's throaway line ("In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over a thousand years.") In the film's official novelisation, released at the same time as the film and hence considered 'G-Canon', we get this piece of exposition: Lando ...


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