breach of taboo

breach of taboo,

n violation of values held by a culture. Specifically, in the Native American culture, it refers to the failure to respect a spiritual being, an event, object, person, place, or an animal by committing acts such as visiting a forbidden place of power, offending the spirit of a powerful animal by not addressing the being by its proper name, ignoring the advice of a totem, or sharing guidance provided by totems in waking or sleeping dreams, which are all believed to result in illness.
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While sovasova is a socially undesirable condition that carries a measure of shame, the breach of taboo does not produce reactions of discrimination or reproach.