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Encyclopedia of taboos

Author: Lynn Holden
Publisher: Oxford : ABC-CLIO, ©2000.
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What are the origins of table manners? What are the politics of cannibalism? Why is the left hand thought to be sinister? These apparently unrelated questions all hinge on the fundamental notion of taboo. Far from being peripheral leftovers from distant times and places, taboos are a crucial part of any society, determining how people must and must not behave. The Encyclopedia of Taboos is a mine of unusual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Holden, Lynn.
Encyclopedia of taboos.
Oxford : ABC-CLIO, ©2000
(OCoLC)606481084
Online version:
Holden, Lynn.
Encyclopedia of taboos.
Oxford : ABC-CLIO, ©2000
(OCoLC)607143957
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn Holden
ISBN: 1576070697 9781576070697 1851093486 9781851093489
OCLC Number: 44933034
Description: xii, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Begging --
Cannabis --
De Sade --
Death and the mirror --
Demonic dolls --
Evil eye --
Fear of the written --
Fermenting the dead --
Fetishism --
Hair --
Hindu food taboos --
Japanese funeral customs --
Mushrooms --
Political censhorship and jokes --
Power of knots --
Pornography --
Suicide --
Table manners --
Untochables --
Venus in furs --
What beans meant to Pythagoras --
Zoroastrian purification.
Responsibility: Lynn Holden.

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What are the origins of table manners? What are the politics of cannibalism? Why is the left hand thought to be sinister? These apparently unrelated questions all hinge on the fundamental notion of taboo. Far from being peripheral leftovers from distant times and places, taboos are a crucial part of any society, determining how people must and must not behave. The Encyclopedia of Taboos is a mine of unusual information from around the world, including a comprehensive analysis of individual taboos from the ancient world to the present day, covering both well- and lesser-known examples.

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