Sigmund Freud speculated that incest and patricide were the only two universal taboos and formed the basis of civilization.
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These familial sexual activities are criminalised, even if all parties are consenting adults. Through an analysis of the language surrounding these laws , it can be seen how the policy makers, and society as a whole, find these acts to be immoral. Common taboos involve restrictions or ritual regulation of killing and hunting; sex and sexual relationships; reproduction; the dead and their graves; as well as food and dining primarily cannibalism and dietary laws such as vegetarianism , kashrut , and halal or religious treif and haram.
In Madagascar , a strong code of taboos, known as fady , constantly change and are formed from new experiences.
Each region, village or tribe may have its own fady. The word "taboo" gained popularity at times, with some scholars looking for ways to apply it where other English words had previously been applied. Powis Smith , in his book The American Bible editor's preface , used "taboo" occasionally in relation to Israel's Tabernacle and ceremonial laws, including Exodus Albert Schweitzer wrote a chapter about taboos of the people of Gabon.
As an example, it was considered a misfortune for twins to be born, and they would be subject to many rules not incumbent on other people. Communist and materialist theorists have argued that taboos can be used to reveal the histories of societies when other records are lacking.
Some argue that contemporary multicultural societies have taboos against tribalisms for example, ethnocentrism and nationalism and prejudices racism , sexism , religious extremism. Incest itself has been pulled both ways, with some seeking to normalize consensual adult relationships regardless of the degree of kinship  notably in Europe   and others expanding the degrees of prohibited contact notably in the United States.
In medicine, professionals who practice in ethical and moral grey areas , or fields subject to social stigma such as late termination of pregnancy , may refrain from public discussion of their practice. Among other reasons, this taboo may come from concern that comments may be taken out of the appropriate context and used to make ill-informed policy decisions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
For other uses, see Taboo disambiguation. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. This article contains quotations from this source, which is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 2. A Grammar of Boumaa Fijian. Polynesian Lexicon Project Online.
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