Taboo is a documentary television series that premiered in 2002 on the National Geographic Channel. The program is an educational look into "taboo" rituals and traditions practiced in some societies, yet forbidden and illegal in others. Each hour long episode details a specific topic, such as marriage or initiation rituals, and explores how such topics are viewed throughout the world. Taboo generally focuses on the most misunderstood, despised, or disagreed-upon activities, jobs, and roles.
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Season 4Tubi TV
S04 E01Aug 5, 2007
Initiation Rituals Aug 5, 2007 Different cultures' initiation rituals. Included: a Brazilian tribe's bullet-ant glove; an urban Australian subculture's practice of suspension from fishhooks.
S04 E03Aug 8, 2007
Sexual Identity Aug 8, 2007 Profiling people who push gender boundaries. Included: transsexuals in San Francisco; Thai katoey or “ladyboys”; Samoan fa'afafine.
S04 E04Aug 15, 2007
Signs of Identity Aug 15, 2007 Profiling young women of Ethiopia's Hamar tribe who voluntarily submit to brutal beatings to show loyalty to male relatives as they participate in a coming-of-age ceremony. Also: the Japanese horimono; branding.
S04 E10Oct 31, 2007
Gross Food Oct 31, 2007 A look at food customs that are practiced in some cultures but rejected in others. Included: the lethal fugu in Japan; a six-course insect meal in rural Vietnam; tarantulas and bear claws at a dining club in Manhattan; deadly serpents in Hanoi.
S04 E12Nov 14, 2007
Jobs Nov 14, 2007 Spotlighting less-than-desirable professions. Included: a man cleans up violent death scenes; a forensic anthropologist works with rotting corpses; an Indonesian miner extracts sulfur from an active volcano.
Season 5Tubi TV
S05 E01Aug 6, 2008
Touching Death Aug 6, 2008 Profiling individuals whose jobs entail handling human remains in Manila; Los Angeles; and Bangkok.
S05 E02Aug 6, 2008
Extreme Kids Aug 6, 2008 "Extreme Kids" explores child kickboxing matches in Thailand and a self-mutilation ritual for Shi'a Muslims in India.
S05 E03Aug 13, 2008
Supreme Devotion Aug 13, 2008 A look at religions that measure devotion by physical suffering.
S05 E04Aug 20, 2008
Body Extremes Aug 20, 2008 A thriving black market for human organs is examined in the Philippines. Also: a look at an intimate bond between humans and pigs in Papua New Guinea; an Australian health therapist who uses urine as a topical medicine is profiled.
S05 E05Aug 27, 2008
Extreme Healing Aug 27, 2008 Exploring cultures where people entrust their health to faith rather than modern medicine in Venezuela, Arizona and the Philippines.
S05 E06Sep 3, 2008
Trial by Fire Sep 3, 2008 Dangerous initiation rituals are spotlighted. Included: a fire dance in Papua New Guinea; riding untamed bulls in India.