Menstruating women were not supposed to touch or handle tools used to make things or to change one sort of thing into another: if the tools of a potter, weaver or carver were so handled, or a menstruous woman approached a man who was using them, they would break or slip and harm him, and what he was making would be ruined.

  • Source: McLeod, Malcolm D. The Asante. London: British Museum Publications, 1981.
  • Culture: Akan
  • Location: Africa