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The Taboos In Western Culture



The Taboos In Western Culture

By:米智鹏 200914015416

Outline
? Definition of taboo ? The taboos in daily language communication ? The taboos of Behavior ? The taboos on flowers ? The taboos on gifts ? The significance of study the taboos in different culture

Definition of taboo
One of the complex cultural phenomenon Generally existing in Human being’s society Named as taboo by the scholars Originated from the term “tabo”,塔布 which is first Used by James Cook, he made it as an Eng lish word “ taboo” .From then on ,it endowed the meanings of something that have to be avoided

The taboos in daily language communication

? How old are you? ? You've put on weight ! ? How much money do you make?

The taboos in daily language communication

? Oh you're pregnant! ? Is this your daughter? ? Your sister is so much prettier than you.

The taboos of Behavior

? Never talk when repast in Japan, ? Don’t blow your nose when repast in Japan, Saudi Arabia and France,

The taboos of Behavior

? In Mediterranean, when greeting other people ,you must kiss or embrace him ,or you are impolite ? Don’t tidy up their room or cloth, if we not be allowed ? In some western countries, old people don’t like being helped

The taboos on gifts



end up with the friendshi? Handkerchief is unseparated with p tears in Brazil, Italy,




tears and confli cts

Pakistan ? Don’t gift sword,It means that you end up the friendship with your friends ? Man never gift perfume to the hostess in France and America, or be misunderstanded

The taboos on gifts

? Don’t gift wine to the people from Asia and Middle east ? Don’t gift book with the portrait of people and animals. It is impolite

The taboos on numbers

? Catholics and Christians hate the number“13” and Friday ,they mean indicate doom and disaster ? The Dutch taboo the number “6” →in Porn telephone ? The Dutch taboo the number “6” ,which is often used in porn telephone ? The Dutch taboo the number “3”,in a battle ,the soldier was killed when lighting for his companion ? Chinese and Japanese taboo the number “4” → death for its pronunciation

The taboos on flowers
? Only used at funeral in Europe, especially in Italy and Spain , ? In south America regarded as unlucky flower, never use it to decorate their house. ? Rhododendron can’t be used on the international occasion, it indicates disaster and is an unfriendly symbol

The significance of study the taboos in different culture
? The taboos ,which reflect the traditional customs, religious believes and valuable viewpoint, exist in each field of huaman lives . ? This presentation would help us to have a general understanding of different cultural features ,we can avoid the unnecessary communicative conflicts, and promote intercultural communication.

Thanks for your attention!



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