Tapu and the invention of the “death taboo”: An analysis of the transformation of a Polynesian cultural concept

@article{Gilmore2013TapuAT,
  title={Tapu and the invention of the “death taboo”: An analysis of the transformation of a Polynesian cultural concept},
  author={Helen F. Gilmore and Cyril Schafer and S. Halcrow},
  journal={Journal of Social Archaeology},
  year={2013},
  volume={13},
  pages={331 - 349}
}
Is death “taboo” or “tapu”? Why do these two versions of the same word evoke such different cultural responses to issues of death and the dead? In this paper, we explore Western anthropological interpretations of the “death taboo”, its relationship to Māori understanding of tapu, and how the transformation of tapu into “taboo” influences engagement with human remains. We maintain that such an anthropological approach—incorporating historical, archaeological and biological anthropological… Expand
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