5 Taboos Around the World That You Never Imagined

Let us begin with some gyaan - The word ‘taboo’ was coined in the 18th century by James Cook, a British explorer. On his visit to a home in Tonga, Captain Cook asked the hosts (and cooks) of his meal, to sit beside him and dig into the scrumptiousness. They politely refused, saying it was ‘tabu’. Cook was later enlightened that the term meant ‘forbidden’, and thus, the word ‘taboo’ entered the English language.