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  • n. Plural form of tabu.


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  • Wesleyans, called back the exiles from Samoa, invited in the traders, held a general love-feast, took the lid off, proclaimed religious liberty and high tariff, and as for himself went back to the worship of his ancestors, dug up the idols, reinstated a few octogenarian priests, and observed the tabus.


  • First converted by the Catholics, he threw down the idols, broke the tabus, cleaned out the native priests, executed a few of the recalcitrant ones, and sent all his subjects to church.


  • There are times for tabus and times to ignore them, and at the end of a particularly terrible scream that signaled a new plateau of pain, I got up and went into the house.


  • Perhaps the perfumed air was enough to loosen the sexual tabus of the people of Nkumai.


  • While 'personal space' is less than what you have in the US, Germans still have social tabus on touching, especially in such a public forum as the G8 summit.

    Boing Boing: July 16, 2006 - July 22, 2006 Archives

  • Nobres intenções, fácil de dizer, difícil de implantar: no terreno, a influência dos tabus e a preparação pessoal de cada um prejudica a abordagem destes temas.


  • If I perish by the anger of Pele, then you may fear the power of Pele; but if I trust in Jehovah, and he should save me from the wrath of Pele, when I break through her tabus, then you must fear and serve the Lord Jehovah.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • You are a creature of the despotism, a pukka sahib, tied tighter than a monk or a savage by an unbreakable system of tabus.

    Burmese Days

  • The one constant in every society of humankind is that only those who obey the laws, tabus, and customs of marriage are true adults.

    Speaker for the Dead

  • He had inherited great sanctity and was growing into an able if not a clever man; there was no greater astronomer than he, and it was tacitly understood that he would in time become guardian of the tabus.


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