Strange Sexual Taboos Around The World

Via Mind Hacks, a brief tour of cultural sex taboos:

The Cuna of Panama approve of sexual relations only at night in accordance with the laws of God. The Semang of Malaysia believe that sex during the day will cause thunderstorms and deadly lightning, leading to drowning of not only the offending couple but also of other innocent people. And the West African Bambara believe that a couple who engage in sex during the day will have an albino child.

Sometimes, sex is prohibited in certain places. The Mende of West Africa forbid sexual intercourse in the bush, while the Semang condemn sex with camp boundaries for fear that the supernatural will become angry. Among the Bambara, engaging in sexual relations out of doors will lead to the failure of crops.

Sex taboos can also apply to certain activities. Often, sex prohibitions are associated with war or economic pursuit. The Ganda of Uganda forbid sexual intercourse the night before battle. The Lepcha prohibit sex for three months after a bear trap has been set. The Cuna of Panama outlaw sexual intercourse during a turtle hunt, and among the Ganda of Uganda sex is forbidden while the wood for making canoes is being processed.

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  • Tchoutoye

    “The Lepcha prohibit sex for three months after a bear trap has been set.”

    I have a suspicion that bear trapping is not an occupation passed on from father to son.

    • Matt Staggs

      You have to wait three months for the bear to get tame enough…

      • I_abide

        Everyone in the cubicles around me just wondered why I stood up and applauded. Well done sir.

      • wtf

        where’s my comment Staggs? Censored it? Just admit it if you did and provide a reason.

        • Matt Staggs

          Hey, “WTF”, while I appreciate a good persecution complex as much as the next guy, I’ve pulled up your disqus history and I don’t see a single thing from you beyond this comment. I’ve uploaded a jpeg screenshot. Notice that there’s nothing in parentheses in the delete, pending, or spam categories. Also, helpful tip: I don’t owe you anything.

          • wtfwtf@aol.com

            ok. my bad. sorry.

  • BuzzCoastin

    The strangest sexual practice I know of is American.
    Every four years Americans vote for a someone who will F them up the arse
    for at least four years
    unless the F’er is caught having sex with an intern, a young boy or an animal
    and then that guy gets F’ed for awhile.

  • Keith Pinster

    Doesn’t sound any crazier than anything else religiots come up with. Look at some of the crazy shit that catholics come up with. Delusional superstitions are so freakin bizarre.

  • bedly

    In the US young women dating older men without a secure income are as taboo as headhunting. It’s sweet he’s a poet and all—but no nice car? Taboo to the max!

  • http://twitter.com/ubermudskipper Chris Michael

    I was hoping for a little more introspection. Like, “In America, people freak the fuck out if two dudes hold hands, where in equally freaking-the-fuck-out countries like Pakistan, two dudes holding hands is totally permissible… while dancing with a girl, is, well, freak-the-fuck-out-worthy.”

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