Menstrual taboo | Wikipedia audio article

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Menstrual taboo

00:00:57 1 Mythology
00:02:42 1.1 Synchronisation with the moon
00:04:28 1.2 Sacred and powerful
00:05:48 2 Religious views
00:07:06 2.1 Buddhism
00:07:43 2.2 Christianity
00:08:17 2.2.1 Orthodox church
00:09:33 2.3 Hinduism
00:10:25 2.3.1 Shaktism
00:11:06 2.4 Islam
00:13:53 2.5 Judaism
00:15:12 2.6 Others
00:15:20 2.6.1 Bahá’í Faith
00:15:47 2.6.2 Jainism
00:16:17 2.6.3 Shinto
00:17:13 2.6.4 Sikhism
00:19:34 3 By region
00:19:42 3.1 Africa
00:19:58 3.1.1 Zambia
00:20:39 3.2 South Asia
00:21:12 3.2.1 Laos
00:21:52 3.2.2 India
00:22:55 3.2.3 Indonesia
00:24:15 3.2.4 Nepal
00:25:02 3.2.5 Sri Lanka
00:25:16 3.3 United States
00:26:02 4 Society and culture
00:26:11 4.1 Education
00:28:34 4.2 Advertising
00:29:51 4.3 Films
00:31:34 4.4 Menstrual suppression
00:32:41 4.5 Activism
00:34:21 4.6 Medicine
00:34:55 4.7 Menstrual synchrony
00:35:25 5 See also

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Culture and menstruation is about cultural aspects surrounding how society views menstruation. A “menstrual taboo” is any social taboo concerned with menstruation. In some societies it involves menstruation being perceived as unclean or embarrassing, inhibiting even the mention of menstruation whether in public (in the media and advertising) or in private (among friends, in the household, or with men). Many traditional religions consider menstruation ritually unclean, although anthropologists point out that the concepts ‘sacred’ and ‘unclean’ may be intimately connected.Different cultures view menstruation in different ways. The basis of many conduct norms and communication about menstruation in western industrial societies is the belief that menstruation should remain hidden. By contrast, in many hunter-gatherer societies, particularly in Africa, menstrual observances are viewed in a positive light, without any connotation of uncleanness.


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