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Rituals and customs accepted in one culture may be thought of as downright bizarre in another. "Taboo" delves into that dichotomy, taking viewers across cultural borders to explore traditional beliefs and deliberate lifestyle choices, ranging from body modification and gender decisions to nudity and spiritual quests that test the limits of the human body.

Latest episodes

aired 453 days ago
Abandoning modern systems of justice for older and more controversial methods.
aired 453 days ago
People who have been cast out of their community.
aired 453 days ago
The lengths people will go to to change their looks.
aired 460 days ago
People who deal with death for occupational, cultural and sometimes questionable reasons.
aired 460 days ago
People in love with inmates serving time include a Texas inmate in solitary confinement who is married with the help of a radio host as the surrogate groom and a man serving life for murder who meets and marries a woman over the Internet.
aired 460 days ago
As people across the globe are getting heavier, beauty norms for some are changing; for others, the sight of fat is still taboo.
aired 460 days ago
Supernatural powers.
aired 467 days ago
What people can and can't eat may be nothing more than a question of mind over matter.
aired 467 days ago
Women who mutilate their bodies.
aired 467 days ago
Various forms of skin art illustrate the border between acceptable and taboo.
aired 467 days ago
Nontraditional weddings; a naked wedding in Jamaica; dog wedding; a young man kidnaps his bride.
aired 467 days ago
In one married couple, each partner has switched gender; one person self-refers as a hybrid -- neither male nor female.
aired 474 days ago
Many traditional cultures require boys to pass through initiations of pain and fear in order to become men.
aired 474 days ago
The hidden world of prostitution.
aired 474 days ago
Repeatedly cutting skin to create the effect of crocodile skin; a tribe of people's belief in physical perfection is so deep that some individuals kill their babies.
aired 474 days ago
Young men leap head-first from a 70-foot tower in a potentially deadly ritual; a girl tattoos her face before marriage as part of her transition to womanhood; a 70-year-old man participates in a bloodletting ceremony.
aired 481 days ago
Gender, sex and sexuality can be interpreted as cultural or genetic.
aired 481 days ago
Visiting an Indian temple that reveres rats; a no-clothes-allowed community; spending the night in one of Manila's deadliest neighborhoods.
aired 481 days ago
Strange cuisines.
aired 481 days ago
Measuring people's worth by the ability to overcome the fight-or-flight instinct.
aired 481 days ago
Love and what attracts the opposite sex can differ from one society to another.

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