Taboo

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  • Extreme Collectors

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    S 9 : Ep 15 -

    Since ancient times, humans have expressed their passions and their personalities through their collections. But when a collection crosses the line from passion to obsession, ignoring legal, moral and taste boundaries, then it becomes taboo.moreless
  • Devils and Demons

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    S 9 : Ep 14 -

    In Phoenix, Arizona, a battle for the souls of those said to be possessed is being waged, not by priests, but by five teenage girls. In the Potosi silver mines of Bolivia miners believe the best way to survive the extreme working conditions is to cut a deal with the devil. In Colombia, a man's life is crumbling away. Believing he is tortured by demons, he feels he has only two options: suicide or an exorcism. But this exorcism isn't sanctioned by the Church. It's a bizarre and elaborate ritual that has to be seen to be believed. And in Florida, an ex-prostitute and drug addict has become the leader of an evangelical ministry that promises salvation through deliverance from demonic possession.moreless
  • Bizarre Burials

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    S 9 : Ep 13 -

    In Gurgaon, India a 82-year-old nun voluntarily fasts to the death in a religious ritual, attended by her children; a Taiwanese man honors his dead father with exotic dancers gyrating at the graveside; and an octogenarian in San Francisco lives with death every day amongst his vast collections of skeletal remains.moreless
  • Strange Syndromes

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    S 9 : Ep 12 -

    Lizzie''s rare condition is neonatal progeroid syndrome. No matter what she eats, she cannot gain weight, causing her to look much older than her age. At 350 pounds, James is hiding under his plus-size clothing with an asymmetrical condition that makes his left side dramatically larger than his right.moreless
  • Old Enough?

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    S 9 : Ep 11 -

    At age 18, Owen has started taking testosterone treatments to transition to his new self. In Nepal, an eight-year-old girl is a living Hindu goddess who is rarely allowed to speak and must never show emotion. Meanwhile, an adolescent boy in India is training for his career as a snake charmer.moreless
  • Private Passions

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    S 9 : Ep 10 -

    Fruitarians Aloma and Matthew live off fruit they find in city dumpsters. Puppy play enthusiast Liliane takes her human puppy Jen, aka Tyke, for a walk in the park. Freelance writer Erias walks his dog too, when his sex-worker girlfriend Jessi has company. In Chicago, Matt Daniel and his fiance Casey Levan share an unusual fetish for skintight body suits known as zentai.moreless
  • Weird Collections

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    S 9 : Ep 9 -

    Dug, a foot fetishist, has over 300 pairs of shoes and 5+ million photographs of feet. While most collectors keep their collection in their home, Lonnie has allowed his collection to become his home. In Turkey, a potter's strange collection is hidden in an underground cave. What started as a childhood hobby for Lawrence has spun out of control forcing him to rely on his parents.moreless
  • Changing Gender

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    S 9 : Ep 8 -

    When they met and fell in love, Ashley was a man and Tony was a woman. Chris Tina Bruce calls herself a hybrid, neither male nor female; call her Gender X. Gender queer or gender fuzzy, she is part of a gender revolution. He's athletic, masculine and would give most male models a run for their money.moreless
  • Extreme Bodies

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    S 9 : Ep 7 -

    When people go to extremes with body modification, they provoke fear and disbelief. Take for example, the world's most pierced woman, Elaine Davidson with her 6000+ piercings; Mary Jose Cristerna, with horn implants; pumped up female bodybuilders; and Japan's adventurous bagel-heads, having saline injected into their foreheads for a temporary mutant thrill.moreless
  • U.S. of Alcohol

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    S 9 : Ep 6 -

    Over Labor Day weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, Taboo: U.S. of Alcohol examines the effect of excessive alcohol consumption amongst the city's party-goers and the battle of medical and law enforcement agencies to prevent injury and save lives.moreless
  • Strange Passions

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    S 9 : Ep 5 -

    In our modern world, old stereotypes are changing. There are now many variations on the traditional ideal of heterosexual monogamy and marriage, like serial monogamy, homosexuality and open relationships.
  • Weird Weddings

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    S 9 : Ep 4 -

    While in California, the bride and groom are dressed, but it's even more bizarre - they're dogs. In Indonesia, a young man kidnaps his bride and in India, pimps plot violence when a mass wedding threatens their trade.moreless
  • Nasty Jobs

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    S 9 : Ep 3 -

    Behind the scenes in every society, there are people doing jobs we can barely imagine; people who come into contact with sights, smells and substances that are not only disgusting, but often put their health at risk.moreless
  • Ugly

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    S 9 : Ep 2 -

    We live in a society that enshrines beauty. Those unfortunate to be born with facial features society deems as "ugly" face daily prejudice. Taboo shines a light on what it means to be deemed "ugly" in a society that scorns it.moreless
  • Freaky Remedies

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    S 5 : Ep 4 - 1/24/12

    Conventional western medicine is based on science, research, and technology. But in cultures around the world, many still look to monks, mystics, and magic potions, putting their faith in extreme cures.
  • Extreme Fighting

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 1/17/12

    In Nigeria, Shagon Shano participates in a traditional fight known as Dambe. Boxers can strike anywhere on the body, with the fist or the feet. The goal is to deliver a single decisive blow to cause the opponent's hand or knee to touch the ground.moreless
  • Odd Couples

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 1/10/12

    Taboo examines some of these unconventional relationships. We'll meet a woman who's in love with a man nearly three times her height. Then, find out why a man hides his homosexuality, promising to love and obey his wife. And we'll delve inside the inner workings of a marriage made up of three partners. While some may think these are Odd Couples, this is marital bliss for others.moreless
  • Secret Lives

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    S 5 : Ep 1 - 1/3/12

    Living two lives can be seen as deceitful, bizarre and Taboo. We'll meet a woman who lives part-time in a wheelchair pretending to be paraplegic although she's not. And see how two groups of people become completely different when dressed in costumes. And meet a man who lives on the streets, but also owns and lives in a million-dollar house.moreless
  • Gross Work

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    S 2 : Ep 13 - 1/27/05

    Corpse retrieval from road accidents in Thailand, sewage divers in Mexico City, and Tannery Workers in Moro are featured.
  • Outcasts

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    S 2 : Ep 12 - 6/14/04

    "Outcasts" looks at sufferers shunned from society in various cultural communities.
  • Marks of Identity

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 3/15/04

    The ritualistic modification or marking of the body is examined. The episode features Japan's samurai body tattoos, US's painful branding scarifications and Thailand's neck streching.
  • Sacred Pain

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    S 2 : Ep 10 -

    Taboo observes the painful extremes some religious faithful go through for the sake of their soul.
  • Initiation

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    S 2 : Ep 9 -

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  • Blood Bonds

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 1/26/04

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  • Extreme Entertainers

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 1/19/04

    A Canadian freak show troupe, a Japanese Geisha-in-training, cross-dressing cabaret performers from Thailand, and others are featured.
  • Child Rearing

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 1/12/04

    The different child care practices in different cultures is examined.
  • Body Perfect

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 11/10/03

    On the island off the coast of Indonesian Sumatra, the wife of the Mentawi tribe chieften, undergoes a teeth filing ritual to beautify herself. Her teeth are sharpen with a machete.

    In Los Angeles, California, Jay wants to have buttock implants, and undergoes a 2 hour long surgery by Dr. Sinclair. Next, a man receives eye lifting surgery by Dr. Griffin to improve his looks.

    And in Chongqing, China, a short man has the bones in his legs broken, stretched, then healed to make himself taller. The 'bone breaking' and 'leg stretching' procedure is a painful and lengthy process and the recovery takes years.moreless
  • After Death

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 11/3/03

    Taboo examines some of the funeral procedures executed on the bodies of the dead. "After Death" includes the embalming of bodies in the US, the exhuming, cleaning and reburying of the dead in Taiwan, and the Aghori sect's embracement of the corpses.moreless
  • Creature Cures

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 10/20/03

    In a remote mountain village in South Africa, Elliot Ndlovu, a Zulu sangoma (witchdoctor), concocts a remedy from boiled baboon limb to treat a man complaining of leg pains. In the city, a Sotho sangoma, doctor Tsiane, diagnoses a patient by analyzing the bones cast on the ground and the entrails of a chicken that a patient has blown into.

    In Cheng Hua, Taiwan, a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis receives bee-sting therapy.

    In Pune, India, ayurvedic medicine is applied to a patient suffering from chronic skin conditions by Dr. Sachin Nandedkar. The treatment includes the use of leeches to suck toxins from the blood.

    And finally in Wichita, Kansas, a diabetic woman with a gaping wound on her torso has maggots applied to it.moreless
  • Delicacies

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 10/13/03

    In Iceland's traditional Thorrablot celebration in February, a chef prepares rotting shark meat, goat's head and other hard to swallow dishes for their traditional buffet. And in India, an Anglo-indian lady prepares a special luncheon that features a goat foetus stew called kutti pi. In Togo, the cameras follow hunters out into the hot wilderness to hunt a rat to be used in a stew and voodoo ritual. And finally in Taiwan, a chef prepares bull's penis soup to boost his diner's virility.moreless
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