Sacred Taboos

When you break one, you, yourself, become one.

“Don’t touch that!” Whatever it may be. “Don’t even think about it!”

What about the healing touch of a Saint? Are not they allowed to touch

The Untouchables? “You’ll get germs!” By the way my mother yelled about it,

one was to assume there was pretty much germs on everything, everywhere.

All the time! Even in the bathtub lay the hidden taboos. “Don’t play with that!”

To do so was considered dirty, and therefore, I figured it must clean itself.


Inhibitions and restrictions vary from place to place.

What was so great about Rome?

Would you do as the Romans do, if you happened

to find yourself in a Grecian state of mind?

It sounds fairly dangerous to me, weighing the risks involved.

Then again…mother owns the scales.


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33 thoughts on “Sacred Taboos

  1. ed says:

    Touch and go, isn’t it Keith?

    I don’t believe there is any rule that’s not made to be broken.

    “Think not what you should do or say, it will be given you”
    This, when you are called before judgers.

    I have an impersonal intent for today. To not be fazed by contradiction.
    Law of averages says that sooner or later the coin falls other way up. (Double-headers excluded)

    Mother left the scales with me when she died. They fell from my eyes when I cried.

    • me2watson says:

      Wikipedia lists a long array of taboos, Ed.

      It may be taboo to talk about some of those here,

      because breaking them can cause long-term

      damage to a person’s physical and mental well-being.

      These fragile rules were made as ultimatums, and

      although they are breakable, you’d have to be insane,

      or some kind of crazy to carry out some of these acts.

      I was hoping to discuss a few of the ones that are

      based on faith and superstition…like toadstools.

  2. me2watson says:

    Why did I grow up calling mushrooms ‘toadstools’ ?

    “Touch a toad and you’ll get warts!”

    Toads have to sit somewhere, why not a stool?

    They leave wart germs, so we were not to touch

    their stools, either. Never mind that we ate the ones

    that came from the grocery store. But mind you,

    not all of the edible varieties can be bought at

    your local Walmart. Some of them will drive you crazy!

  3. me2watson says:

    Uncle Tree has an aversion to this info from Wiki:

    Among the Agutainos, who inhabit Palawan, one of the Philippine Islands, a widow may not leave her hut for seven or eight days after the death; and even then she may only go out at an hour when she is not likely to meet anybody, for whoever looks upon her dies a sudden death. To prevent this fatal catastrophe, the widow knocks with a wooden peg on the trees as she goes along, thus warning people of her dangerous proximity; and the very trees on which she knocks soon die.”

  4. derek says:

    Well Keith
    I googled sacred taboos and found myself in sacred tattoos instead.

    This could be both sacred tattoo and taboo as well.


  5. Dara says:

    It’s strange but when I thought about taboos I realised many are really based on superstition really. Those that are knowledge oe experience based really come under the heading of advice rather than taboos. Thats an interesting difference to me.

    Don’t walk under a ladder is sup. Encountering a black cat is another. Look before you leap is advice.


    • me2watson says:

      Hey, Dara!

      The differences between the two can be felt in the doing.

      If you do not agree to follow some age-old advice, then
      you will feel as if you are just taking a risk. Taking
      chances can bring about excitement. If you accomplish
      the task successfully, you may be thrilled or elated.

      Breaking the taboos of cultural norms (some of which you
      may harbor unconsciously in your mind) will leave you
      with a disgusted feeling. You will view it as repulsive.
      You may notice a sickness in your stomach. The next day
      you may be ashamed of yourself, and regret having acted
      in such a manner, even if no one ever finds out about it.

      • Dara says:

        Oh yes Keith,
        I totally agree about feeling perturbed when one breaks cultural norms. Maybe it’s out of a sense of (mis)guided loyalty.

        Even though one knows and believes that traditional/cultural norms/taboos are really humbug yet one steps very gingerly around them if at all.

        Never thought of that till you pointed it out.

        Regards and you deserve a beer for that 🙂

  6. ed says:

    Peoples sensitivities can lead to the Love encapsuled.
    Prod and poke accordingly.
    Yin and Yang to your hearts content.
    Taboo is a tight-rope with no balancing pole.
    Trust me or I’ll bump into you.
    We can’t have that, can we?

  7. authorharb says:

    there is hardly any taboo that i have not broken

    and there is hardly any to which when i gave a little thought did not hide a great wisdom in it

  8. me2watson says:

    Cannibalism was a taboo before there were Laws

    forbidding such a thing. I shudder to think about it! Harb

    said “hardly any”. Whew! I hope this is one of the exceptions.

    Babs would say, “How distasteful!” But how does she know?

  9. authorharb says:

    Keith, I do not know all the taboos of the world, only which are around and about me and come in my way. I have talked about them.

    And from among those there are some which are beyond even discussion, I also do not talk about them, only about those which can be done but people are afraid because of some supernatural reason to do so.

  10. ed says:

    Some are quite happy to eat the body of Christ, Keith and there was one notable plane crash……and a notable recent case, in Germany I think, where the eaten one went willingly. (not sure that actuated)

    Just as Harb introduces a supernatural reason, I think there is a heavenly reason for this Earthly manifestation and taboo shouldn’t preclude going there if, God forbid, for enlightenment. (I love you so much, I could eat you!)It’s a subtle possibility when one raises the subject.

    One doesn’t balk at eating lambs, but Love can emerge in a vegans. (natural>supernatural?)

    Ta boo or not ta boo. Ed can take it 😉

  11. me2watson says:

    Yes, Harb, it is taboo to speak of a few taboos.
    We’ll push those under the rug. We’ll refuse to
    talk about them. No shame will fall on our species.

    Moses seemed to be able to forgive himself. His two
    daughters played a trick on him once,after they filled
    his belly with an intoxicating beverage. He was not
    in charge of his faculties. His daughters then took
    full advantage of the situation, or so the story goes.
    He could no longer recognize them as his own, and he
    merely took the action that most men would have taken.

    The moral of the story seems to be one of forgiveness.
    The man needed to be forgiven by God, and it just goes
    to show…how very powerful be the results of repentance.

    Unfortunately, this is not the norm, as we all know.
    The man was let off the hook, or so it appears to me.
    Great men make great mistakes, and they become somewhat
    acceptable in certain instances. Royalty being, perhaps,
    the exception, and their lies…the leeway of allowances.

  12. me2watson says:

    Lead me not into temptation, Ed. That’s a tough booger!

    It is as it should be. It is, as if, Jesus…during

    The Lord’s Prayer, is petitioning Lucifer to

    take a day off from delivering evil.

    To overcome, or to endure?

    What’ll it be, sir?

    Tooth and claw.

    Gotta go!


  13. me2watson says:

    William Blake says that about Jesus, Ed.

    Look what happened to John The Baptist.

    Where does the fault lie, really?

  14. ed says:

    In John the Baptist’s head, springs to mind, but I’ll try not to think about that. Too late….
    What’s on with the Herod family? Head on a platter? I think John must have tabooed them. So, what in hell is God up to?

    I’d be looking for something middling….. between ‘overcome’ and ‘endure.’ End~come? All hinges about a wavy line? Nah, can’t blame the adder.
    In this world but not of it…out of this world?

    So, what if one foot in the grave? Always caught between two ‘worlds.’ Getting caught up in one, giving it your all, leads to re-assertion of other~~~wavy line existence? Reincarnation? Material~immaterial
    It must be down to a singularity and not a material one, nor yet an immaterial one. They are but the wake of immediacy.

    Bye 😕

  15. derek says:

    There are only taboos if you fear a judgement day or believe in karma. In my life I have seen evidence of neither.
    I have seen evidence of another kind. That is, restriction creates perversion. The more laws or taboos a belief system has the more it’s believers live in fear and the more it’s believers will act out of fear.
    Through the years I have experienced that christianity has been the leader of restrictive taboos and is the most fearful of beliefs. I was told by a preacher that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Yo
    Not to just pick on christians, I just have a hard spot for a belief system that is based on Jesus but does not resemble what Jesus had to say. For me all religions and spiritual beliefs are based in fear and believers live in fear. I have never known a believer that just believes because they want to, in my limited exprerience.

    This is all judgement on my part of coarse, from my experiences and observations. But how many people even know if they are acting out of compassion or fear or pain?

    To me there are no taboos. What keeps me from cannibalism or murder or stealing is my love for other human beings not fear and definitely religion.


  16. me2watson says:

    Keep this in mind, derek.

    Jesus was NOT a Christian.
    He hung out with a prostitute…TABOO!
    I would rather like to think that He had…maybe not.
    Lepers, bums, slaves, priests…the money changers are out.
    One thief got a front row, and he definitely is in.
    Mary got, “What have I to do with you?”
    She was a Jew. We love her!

  17. derek says:

    Hey Keith
    Just like I said, christianity is not what Jesus had in mind, in my opinion.
    Nor do I think Buddhism is what Buddha had in mind and so on with most religions based on a personality. If there becomes an Obama religion, I’m the first one out the door.

    Yo, Jesus was a true radical, Keith.
    I don’t think taboos were his main concern.
    Religious hypocrisy was though.

    Anyway, Taboo sounds like a good name for men’s perfume.


  18. Kate... says:

    in words
    and deeds
    one heeds
    the call
    to disarm
    how taboo

    on that
    ~ Kate

  19. ed says:

    I chew
    On yew
    And go
    To bed
    Mourning, lo
    I wake up dead 😉

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