Quotes Tabu


When Taffimai Metallumai (but you can still call her Taffy) went out into the woods hunting with Tegumai, she never kept still. She kept very unstill. She danced among dead leaves, she did. She snapped dry branches off, she did. She slid down banks and pits, she did quarries and pits of sand, she did. She splashed through swamps and bogs, she did …


This is from “The Tabu Tale“, a Just So Story about Taffy and her Daddy  published in 1903  a year after the main collection.  it follows “How the Alphabet was made”” and “How the First Letter was written”.

It is concerned with the rules and penalties that can be  used for governing behaviour  within families and within tribes, ancient or modern.