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Mr. K. Smith
29 June 2009
|The Many Facets of Taboo|
| The World Book Encyclopedia defines Taboo as "an action, object, person, or place forbidden by law
As pointed out in the Occultopedia, another word for taboo is "tabu" a Polynesian word meaning that which is
banned. The Occultopedia also points out that taboo is found among many other cultures including the ancient Egyptians,
Jews and others ("Taboo").
Mary Douglas has analyzed the many facets and interpretations of taboos across various cultures. In her view,
taboos could be considered a kind of "brain-washing" (2549) as they are transmitted to individuals along with an entire
cultural system made up of a pattern of values and norms.
Robert Deliège points out that as early as 1777, Captain James Cook reported that some chiefs in Tonga were
taboo and were not allowed to behave like common people, and that the first European observers were not quite sure
whether "taboo" meant "sacred" or "defiled" (Deliège).
In traditional British East Africa, between the time of puberty and marriage, a young Akamba girl must maintain
an avoidance relationship with her own father (Freud 17).
Looking at taboo in a modern society, Marvin Harris gives an interesting example of the application of cultural
materialism to the Hindu taboo against eating beef (qtd. in McGrath).
|Deliège, Robert. "Untouchability - Taboos - Bibliography." Science
Encyclopedia, 2009. Web. 24 June 2009.|
Douglas, Mary. "Taboo." Man, Myth & Magic. Ed. Richard Cavendish. New ed. 21 vols. New York: Cavendish,
1994. 2546-2549. Print.
Dundes, Alan. "Taboo." The World Book Encyclopedia. 2000 ed. Print.
Freud, Sigmund. Totem and Taboo. New York: Random, 1918. Print.
McGrath, Stacy. "Ecological Anthropology." Anthropological Theories: A Guide Prepared by Students for Students.
19 Oct. 2001. U. of Alabama. Web. 25 June 2009.
"Taboo." Occultopedia: Encyclopedia of Occult Sciences and Knowledge. Site created and designed by Marcus V. Gay.
Web. 26 June 2009.