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Dogon men demonstrate the greatest repugnance toward rotten things in general […] Thus, men never touch any substance that is in a state of decomposition except when they take part in a burial […] Men avoid touching rottenness because it would render them impure, whereas it is thought that women are less susceptible and better armed than men against the forces of death.

  • Source: Calame-Griaule, Geneviève. Words and the Dogon world. Philadelphia: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1986.
  • Culture: Dogon
  • Location: Africa