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In pregnancy, prohibitions and instructions of this kind fre- quently 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. In the Andaman Islands a name is given to the
baby before birth, and from that moment on until it is born and is several weeks
old, no one may speak the name of the mother or father. They can say only 'the
... and taboo, 67-72 product-orientation, 21, 27 purification, 93-95, 121, 195, 197
recognition, 145—46 relation-orientation, 27-28 religion, 66, 89, 10 1-2, 151, 170,
206 right to motherhood, 36 ritual, 36, 65-67, 71-73. 78, 83- 84, 86-91, 93-95.
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
Mothercraft or Motherhood?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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