Around the world there are people of different cultures who take actions and decisions that seem out of the ordinary to the average westerner. Considered taboo, these people and their stories are now being known.

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Complex and controversial, this mesmerizing hit series from the National Geographic Channel offers an insider's view of closed worlds traditionally off-limits to outsiders. Witness stunning stories about rituals and traditions so shocking that you can't help but be attracted to them. Taboo crosses the barriers of modern society and explores the diversity of the human race where the secret, sacred, and eccentric are part of the everyday experience of humanity.

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Open your mind to a daring adventure into the forbidden... the Taboo.




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Release Date:

30 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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2 March 2008 | by pannalogicSee all my reviews

The series is meant to show what extremes exist in different cultures of people. Which some viewers may find, detracts from the program a little.

It was very informative for me to witness all of the different practices that occur on a regular basis, and gave new insight on what it means to be "Culturally relative".

That being said, if you watch this, watch it with adults or alone...children shouldn't see things they haven't been mentally prepared for. A few of the episodes center around body art / modification and can make you squeamish if you're not used to that sort of thing, but since we've all been desensitized by the internet it shouldn't come as any surprise some of the things people do on this show.

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