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  • TABOO

  • Thursday 12 October 2017 at 00:00
  • National Geographic

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Every culture has its rituals and codes of living. We delve into the bizarre or confronting practices of cultures around the world.

What drives someone to insert stainless steel fishing hooks into another person's back so they can hang from the ceiling by their flesh? How is the practice of thrusting hands into gloves filled with stinging giant bullet ants — and enduring the pain over and over — acceptable within a culture? In some societies around the world, practices like these reflect deeply held traditional beliefs or deliberate lifestyle choices. But to others outside the culture, they may seem grotesque, dangerous or.. Taboo.

We take you beyond your comfort zone and across cultural borders to explore rituals and customs that are acceptable in some cultures but forbidden, illegal or reviled in others. Crossing the boundary between modern practices and ancient beliefs, this series showcases a mosaic of human lifestyles and values.

Each episode will examine one issue from a variety of perspectives, often venturing into rarely seen societies. We journey to six continents and 19 countries, featuring 25 indigenous cultures. Hear from some of the world's most renowned and respected anthropologists and sociologists, who examine a diverse range of cultures. Explore rites of passage, unique lifestyle choices, body modification, gender decisions, nudity and spiritual quests that test the limits of the human body.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Taboo: Pets
    Taboo: Pets looks beyond the fur and feathers into the dark, the dangerous, and the sometimes disturbing world of people and their pets.
  • Taboo: Bizarre Bodies
    Some daring to be different attach horns to themselves & practice the art of suspension by hanging themselves from fish hooks.
  • Taboo: Extreme Healing
    Meet people who claim to be able to cure ailments that medical science cannot. Their clients will go to any lengths to be returned to good health.
  • Taboo: Proving Ground
    People have a need to belong to their own particular tribe. So every tribe has its tests, but how far will you go to prove yourself?
  • Taboo: Extreme Kids
    Childhood is a time of innocence but not all kids grow up in the same way. Would you let your 3-year-old step into a boxing ring to fight?
  • Taboo: Signs Of Identity
    Marks of identity are not always about the artwork, it is a test of endurance and courage and also an unique form of art. Join us to find out more.
  • Taboo: Skin Deep
    Join us to witness some world cultures where scarification such as cutting into the skin means a mark of family history or entry into manhood.
  • Taboo: Extreme Punishment
    Not everyone agrees about which punishment best fits the crime. In Albania, children are held captive by the fear of revenge killings by vigilantes.
  • Taboo: Trials Of Faith
    How do men prove their manhood? Often, by enduring pain. Witness 2 events where educated males engage in physical combat to test their manhood.
  • Taboo: Sex
    In Australia, some couples in the west break the norm of marital monogamy by sharing their spouse with others, even with strangers they have just met.
  • Taboo: Odd Couples
    For most, the ideal spouse tends to be similar in age, social status, and physical appearance. But some marriages stray so far from this ideal.
  • Taboo: Spilling Blood
    We explore some societies, which slaughter animals in public. In Nepal, farm animals like cows and goats are beheaded to please a Hindu goddess.
  • Taboo: Secret Lives
    Do we really know who our loved ones and friends are? NGC opens a window into the lives of individuals leading a double life with surprising secrets.
  • Taboo: Freaky Remedies
    In cultures around the world, many put their health in the hands of monks, mystics and magic potions. Some are willing to go to the ultimate limits.
  • Taboo: Extreme Rituals
  • Taboo: Touching Death
    In order to earn two dollars a day, people will exhume rotting corpses from graves. Come and know more about touching the dead in Taboo.
  • Taboo: Supreme Devotion
    In these cultures, people please their gods beyond their limit – where devotion demands flesh to be cut and bodies to be exposed to deadly threat.
  • Taboo: Drug
    We take a trip from traditional acceptance to modern rejection,exploring how drugs are used in ancient cultures & why they are prohibited now.
  • Taboo: Healers
    The ability of healers is highly prized in all cultures but the sources of their power can be mysterious,with treatment requiring a lot of faith.
  • Taboo: Food
    Every culture has its own tastes, often developed from what is available. To others their choices of sustenance can seem downright horrifying.
  • Taboo: Bloodsports
    Throughout their history, humans have retained a fascination with violence. In times of peace, we satiate those cravings through our sports.
  • Taboo: Evil Spirits
    The presence of evil is felt in every human society.When bad things happen to people,some cultures blame the devil & throw up their hands in surrender.
  • Taboo: Voodoo
    Voodoo incorporates scary practices like possession and black magic because voodoo is to religion what jazz is to music.
  • Taboo: Marriage
    In most parts of the world, the idea of marriage is confined strictly to one man and one woman.
  • Taboo: Witchcraft
    In many cultures magic is alive, and its practitioners are admired and feared.
  • Taboo: Sexuality
    We are all defined by our gender from the day we are born. In many cultures, crossing from one side to the other, even temporarily, is taboo.
  • Taboo: Death
    The ultimate unknown that awaits us all, a culture's method of dealing with the dead can tell us a lot about the lives of its people.
  • Taboo: Tattoo
    Find out the meaning & mystery of tattoo.We travelled to Thailand,then to a remote village in Papua New Guinea & to the dank cells of a Moscow prison.
  • Taboo: Rites Of Passage
    Passing from one phase of life to the next can be a slow, gradual process. Or it can happen suddenly, in sometimes shocking ways.
  • Taboo: Tests Of Faith
    All religions make demands on practitioners for the blessings they impart. Now to see how some people go to extreme lengths to prove their faith.
  • Taboo: Beyond The Grave
  • Taboo: Body Modification
    Join us in the stories of people who elongate their neck, flatten their breast & surgically implant silicone pectorals, biceps, triceps and buttocks.
  • Taboo: Fat
    In an industrialised world, a beautiful body is a thin one, we ask why two thirds of the population are now overweight and why fatness is a taboo?
  • Taboo: Misfits
    They're outsiders, misfits, and to live outside the walls of society is seen as taboo. In all societies there are those who find themselves isolated.
  • Taboo: Drugs
    We take a trip from traditional acceptance to modern rejection,exploring how drugs are used in ancient cultures & why they are prohibited now.
  • Taboo: Extreme Performers
    From Thailand to Mexico, performers entertain through acts that many societies consider unacceptable, and in some cases even risk their lives for it.
  • Taboo: Extreme Eats
  • Taboo: Gender Bender
    From invasive surgery & hormone therapy to being raised as a member of the opposite sex, we explore transgender communities throughout the world.
  • Taboo: Narcotics
    While some societies wage a war on drugs, other cultures embrace them for their medicinal, spiritual or even religious benefits.
  • Taboo: Prostitution
    Said to be one of the world's oldest professions and it's most taboo. Yet around the globe exchanging sex for money is considered taboo.
  • Taboo: Gross Food
    Gross or delicacies? Taboo brings you to explore some extreme food such as fried scorpions, stinkbugs, tarantula, pork testicles etc.
  • Taboo: Drugs (aka Altered States)
    We take a trip from traditional acceptance to modern rejection,exploring how drugs are used in ancient cultures & why they are prohibited now.
  • Taboo: Addicted
    Addiction doesn't always involve substances. We follow people's destructive practices and learn what break their cycles of dependency.
  • Taboo: Hoarders
    There are no such thing as too many possessions for some people. We follow obsessive hoarder who worships consumptions to the extreme.
  • Taboo: Strange Love
    In the United States we witness a relationship that is hardly human at all when a man falls in love with a sex doll……
  • Taboo: Initiation Rituals
    Becoming a real man, join us in Brazil & Papua New Guinea to see the extreme things boys did in order to be reborn as man.
  • Taboo: Altered States
    Mind altering drugs are used by almost every culture. In most societies mind altering drugs are taboo and banned by law.
  • Taboo: Role Play
    In this episode, a grown man chooses to role-play as a diaper-wearing baby. A Florida woman treats a vinyl doll like a real infant, caring meticulously for its every need.
  • Taboo: Jobs
    Taboo bring you behind the scene of some jobs that are so gross and disgusting that few would want to do them.
  • Taboo: Prison Love
    Should convicted felons be allowed the pleasures of life that have been denied to their victims?
  • Taboo: Body Extremes
    We will look at the extreme human practices such as ingesting bodily wastes, forming an unnatural bond with animals, and selling a vital body organ!
  • Taboo: Outsiders
    Human societies can be large or small, but they are not all inclusive. Could you go through life as an outsider?
  • Taboo: Mating
    How far would you go in the name of love? Taboo delves into ancient and modern rituals used to show the extremes of human passion and devotion.
  • Taboo: Make ME Beautiful
    When women begin mutilating and disfiguring their bodies, they break taboos and make us question what it means to be beautiful.
  • Taboo: Extreme Cuisine
    Food may be vital for life, but it can also be forbidden. Some of mankind's strongest taboos surround what can and cannot be eaten...
  • Taboo: The Third Sex
    On the Indian sub continent, an outcast transsexual third gender called the Hijra cut off their genitals and live as women to form a third gender.
  • Taboo: Nudity
    Shedding clothes is no longer just an act of expression or liberation. Join Taboo to find out why some devouters strip themselves naked for worship.
  • Taboo: Extreme Collectors
    Throughout history people have expressed their interests through their collections. But for some, their passions cross the line into obsession.
  • Taboo: Extreme Collectors
    Throughout history people have expressed their interests through their collections. But for some, their passions cross the line into obsession.
  • Taboo: Private Passions
    Human beings have desires to pair bond. But not all matches are made from one mold. In this episode, we will meet couples who share unusual fetishes.
  • Taboo: Private Passions
    Human beings have desires to pair bond. But not all matches are made from one mold. In this episode, we will meet couples who share unusual fetishes.
  • Taboo: Ugly
    Who decides who is beautiful and who is not? Meet successful models whose looks differ widely from culturally-accepted standards of beauty.
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    Monday 16 October 2017 at 04:20 - National Geographic
  • Taboo: Ugly
    Who decides who is beautiful and who is not? We will meet successful models whose looks differ widely from culturally accepted standards of beauty.
  • Taboo: Nasty Jobs
    The most disgusting basement, a laundry full of cat feces, and a backed-up toilet - only too common for these dirty job cleaners
  • Taboo: Nasty Jobs
    The most disgusting basement, a laundry full of cat feces, and a backed-up toilet - only too common for these dirty job cleaners
  • Taboo: Strange Passions
    Baba describes himself as a sexual healer. He leads a worshop where participants share each others bodies, in the name of enlightenment.
  • Taboo: Weird Weddings
    Marriage is as old as civilisation, but today, some weddings turn their back on tradition. Some weddings can even be potentially deadly affairs...
  • Taboo: Changing Gender
    They are a happily married couple. Yet, all is not what it seems. When they met and fell in love, Ashley was a man... and Tony was a woman.
  • Taboo: Extreme Bodies
    Many practice body modification whether its ear-piercing or breast implants. But when people go to the extremes, they provoke fear and disbelief.
  • Taboo: Devils and Demons
    Many cultures believe evil can manifest in demonic spirits that enter a persons body. For some who believe, the only solution is an exorcism.
  • Taboo: Strange Syndromes
    A woman eats mountains of junk food but cant put on weight. A young mans body is huge on one side and skinny on the other.
  • Taboo: Old Enough?
    Young girls are sometimes labelled little princesses, but in Nepal, some girls are worshipped as living goddesses.
  • Taboo: Weird Collections
    Collecting can be a harmless hobby, or it can become an obsession. In this episode we look at people who collect vast quantities of unusual things.
  • Taboo: Bizarre Burials
    How societies celebrate their loved ones passing varies from place to place. In this episode, we witness some bizarre burials from around the world.
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