Maori men in New Zealand were defined by society as "tapu," or
sacred, while women were seen as "noa," or common. Similarly,
in Hawaii, perceived differences in sanctity made it impossible for
men and women to dine together. -- From Margot Duley and Mary Edwards, The Cross Cultural Study of Women.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Discrimination Against WomenA Global Survey of the Economic, Educational, Social and Political Status of Women.
Contributors: Eschel M. Rhoodie - Author.
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc..
Place of publication: Jefferson, North Carolina.
Publication year: 1989.
Page number: 1.
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