At meals, the wife sets the food down before her husband or guests and asks them to serve themselves; this is called tábara or “make to touch.” As long as the mistress of the house has not said “Here is your food”, even the husband cannot touch it.

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