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Food taboos are known from virtually all human societies. Most religions declare certain food items fit and others unfit for human consumption. Dietary rules and regulations may govern particular phases of the human life cycle and may be associated with special events such as menstrual period, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and — in traditional societies — preparation for the hunt, battle, wedding, funeral, etc.
The Wola believe that women have a power associated with their reproductive capabilities which enables them to pollute and kill men by eating away at their vital organs. Women are considered to be most lethal during their menstrual periods, and men's fears of this condition are similar to those reported from other parts of the highlands for example, see GlasseMeggitt and Bulmer This article tries to explain highlanders' horror mulieris through a study of Wola beliefs.
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