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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: Maretr, Robert R. (1866-1943) --
Mead, Margaret (1901-78) --
Menstruation --
Mescaline, peyote and the San Pedro cactus --
Miasma --
Milk --
Mirrors --
Mountains --
Mushrooms --
Musical harmony --
Naming --
Necrophagy and asceticism --
Necrophilia --
Noa --
North-east --
Ockam's razor --
Onanism --
Otters --
Oysters --
Parents-in-law --
Perspective in painting --
Pigs --
Plato on music --
Political censorship : jokes --
Pollution --
Pornography --
Possum --
Procreation --
Propp, Vladimir Jacovlevic (1895-1970) --
Radcliffe-Brown, Alfred Reginald (1881-1955) --
Ragas --
Red --
Rough music --
Sacher-Masoch, Leopold (1835-95) --
Salt --
Sartorial taboos --
Sex and the anthropologist --
Shinto purification --
Sin-eater --
Smith, William Robertson (1846-94) --
Snails --
Solitude --
Soma --
Song of the siren --
Spittle --
Steiner, Franz Baermann (1909-52) --
Strangers --
Suicide --
Surrealism --
Table manners --
Taoism : Japanese --
Theory of evolution : Darwin --
Tobacco --
Tortoises --
Trade --
Transvestism --
Twins --
Untouchables --
Urine --
Vagina --
Van Gennep, Arnold (1873-1957) --
Webster, Hutton (1875-1955) --
Whistling --
Wine --
Writing --
Yellow --
Zoroastrian purification rituals.
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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