Halloween & The Taboo

Although not really the heart of Halloween, the taboo shares themes and people, places, and things associated with Halloween. NatGeo or National Geographic airs a series called Taboo.  In a nutshell, oddities and the so-called “underbelly” of society are explored.

However, to be more specific, Taboo aims to  “to explore behaviors and lifestyles that are acceptable in some cultures but forbidden, illegal or reviled in others. The eighth season of Taboo features more incredible stories, including sellers of “murderabilia,” a culture that encourages young women to have sex in ‘love huts’, and a community that breaks open the doors of family tombs, removing bundled corpses of ancestors, and then dancing and drinking rum in celebration.

I realize that Taboo is not going to be a show for everyone. I certainly wouldn’t have very young children watching it. However, I would encourage you to have an open mind – not for the acceptance of such actions but the value of observing human behavior,  human culture, etc. There are things we can learn from things that perhaps we would never do. We  learn ways to understand the processes of the mind. Without having such an open view of life, we would not be able to benefit from things like the wide field of Forensic, Developmental, and Evolutionary Sciences.

Malcolm Forbes once said,“The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. “


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