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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 27 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 27 days ago
People who cross the gender lines.
aired 27 days ago
Supernatural powers.
aired 34 days ago
Many traditional cultures require boys to pass through initiations of pain and fear in order to become men.
aired 34 days ago
Life collides with fantasy.
aired 34 days ago
Nontraditional weddings; a naked wedding in Jamaica; dog wedding; a young man kidnaps his bride.
aired 41 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 41 days ago
People who dwell on the fringes of society.
aired 48 days ago
The sexual customs and age of consent varies in countries around the globe.
aired 48 days ago
Boundaries between what is man and what is woman.
aired 48 days ago
Abandoning modern systems of justice for older and more controversial methods.
aired 138 days ago
People who have been cast out of their community.
aired 145 days ago
Looking at the ways people change their appearance for psychological, aesthetic or other reasons.
aired 159 days ago
Using creatures like leeches, baboon claws and bees to cure common ailments.
aired 166 days ago
In one married couple, each partner has switched gender; one person self-refers as a hybrid -- neither male nor female.
aired 166 days ago
Love and what attracts the opposite sex can differ from one society to another.
aired 177 days ago
The lengths people will go to to change their looks.
aired 184 days ago
Unconventional relationships including a woman in love with a man three times her height and a marriage made up of three partners.
aired 191 days ago
People eat cheese crawling with maggots, rotten fish heads, grilled guinea pig, eyeballs, blood and brains.
aired 191 days ago
Measuring people's worth by the ability to overcome the fight-or-flight instinct.
aired 360 days ago
People who take collecting into bizarre territories.

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