A taboo is an activity that is forbidden or sacred based on religious beliefs or morals. Breaking a taboo is extremely objectionable in society as a whole. Around the world, an act may be taboo in one culture and not in another. Blood products - Jehovah Witnesses are forbidden to use blood products, including blood transfusions. Incest - sexual relations between relatives. Different cultures have different definitions of how close a relative would be considered taboo.
Examples of Taboo
Why is homosexuality still taboo in many African countries? | Africa | DW |
The rights of sexual minorities are still a sensitive issue in Africa. It is not uncommon that sexual minorities are harassed or even prosecuted in African countries. It was similar in Europe not too long ago. Nowadays, although not without tough contestation over a long period, sexual minorities are legally protected in most European states. The Nordic countries actively promote the rights of sexual minorities within their human rights approach to development cooperation with the global South. However, they often encounter trouble when partners in Africa do not view gay rights as a priority issue, but rather as something imposed from abroad.
The Nordic Africa Institute
Women today are kept from knowing their sexuality for the same reason Black people were prohibited from reading during slavery — God forbid they ever discover how powerful they are! These outdated customs consign women into subservient roles in society and prevent them from owning their sexuality. Moreover, religion and culture being the major custodians of morality across the continent, its agents and institutions tend to perpetuate the shaming and ridicule of women who dare to challenge the status quo. Why are women who do not conform to the dictates of society considered rebels and lacking in virtue? Before then, although still suppressed, sexuality was an acknowledged part of African culture.