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Author(s): Guisen TIAN
“Taboo” refers to a prohibition of human activity or behavior based on the belief that such behavior goes against existing cultural or social conventions, ethical standards or religious beliefs. The word was borrowed from a Polynesian language, and its first recorded use in English was by Captain James Cook in his description of his third voyage round the world in 1777. According to Steiner (1956:145), Polynesian taboos are usually associated with two kinds of prohibitions: prohibitions of any p…
Date: 2017-03-02