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In pregnancy prohibitions and instructions of this kind frequently have the force of
taboo , a term derived from a Polynesian word which means ' to forbid ' or '
forbidden ' . This concept exists in one form or another all over the world . It is '
Taboos can be very powerful . ... It is significant that the Andamanese observe
identical taboos when mourning the dead . ... be encouraged during pregnancy
in order to ' feed the womb ' or ' nourish the baby ' , in some societies it is taboo .
Sheila Kitzinger. also taboo before hunting . ... Taboos like these provide public
recognition in a symbolic way of the importance of pregnancy and childbirth to
the parents and to the wider community of which they are a part . This is the basis
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