Deep Thoughts on the Forbidden

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Science  29 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5488, pp. 2288
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5488.2288

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The Forest of Taboos Morality, Hunting, and Identity Among the Huaulu of the Moluccas. Valerio Valeri. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 2000. 533 pp. $69.95. ISBN 0-299-16210-9. Paper, $29.95. ISBN 0-299-16214-1.

In this beautifully written, densely argued, and difficult book, Valeri interweaves straightforward ethnographic reporting with an ambitious treatise on taboo. Douglas believes it will become a classic text in anthropology and that it offers a major contribution to theories of the mind and to the philosophy of religion.