Tapu

[Polynesian culture] Tapu, tabu or kapu is a Polynesian traditional concept denoting something holy or sacred, with `spiritual restriction` or `implied prohibition`; it involves rules and prohibitions. The English word taboo derives from this later meaning and dates from Captain James Cook`s visit to Tonga in 1777. The concept exists in man...
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