Menstruation is a messy, smelly business. Giving birth is bloody, messy, smelly, and painful. Sometimes giving birth leads to death. Sometimes the woman develops a fistula, which is so unpleasant and smelly that some tribes “banish” such women from the tribe. The smell of blood attracts predators.

I think we need to start with these basics if we are to construct a theory of taboo.

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