Menstrual Taboos: Moving Beyond the Curse

  title={Menstrual Taboos: Moving Beyond the Curse},
  author={Alma Gottlieb},
  journal={The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies},
  • A. Gottlieb
  • Published 2020
  • Biology
  • The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies
Why do so many communities surround menstruation with taboos? And, are all menstrual taboos created equal? Gottlieb opens this chapter with an anthropological approach to the nature of “taboo” itself. From there, the chapter explores the wide variety of ways that the Hebrew Bible in particular, as well as several other religious traditions, have shaped menstrual taboos (including, but going well beyond, the notion of a “curse”). Such taboos have operated in diverse ways and diverse places… 

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