A Gaduga (Ga-too-ga), "Taboo," was a very powerful restriction. The gaduga could be evoked for a number of reasons. It could be a personal thing, or it could be determined by an adawehi. Most taboos came from the interpretation of a dream or by customs. If a warrior or woman felt they were under some form of a gaduga, it behooved them not to do anything to break the injunction placed upon them. To do so was to invite disaster upon themselves and all concerned, for the Spirit between a person and their gaduga was all powerful and absolute.
Once a taboo was set for a person, not even the most powerful adawehi could set it aside. No adawehi would dare test his strength against it! Through prayers and formulas, the adawehi could determine its duration and what should be done to please the Spirit. The only thing a person could do to prevent himself from coming under the power of a gaduga was to abstain from a certain thing. A taboo can be broken knowingly or unkowingly. If a cornflower is taboo to a man, and he eats some unknowingly, he has still broken his gaduga.
An animal could cast a taboo, as well as Uvwi Tsvsdi (Oov-wee Jv-s-dee), "Little People," and Awi Usdi (A-wee Oo-s-dee), "Little Deer," chief of Awi (A-wee) "Deer". Some taboos were established by custom or cultural law. Incest between family and clan members is among the strongest social gaduga. It is taboo for people of the same sex to have sexual relations.
No one knows exactly how a person got a taboo. A Tsalagi seldom went through a day that they did not have some type of taboo. When a taboo was broken, a person might as well have resigned their self to death or other disasters. No one could run or hide from their Tsigategu (Jee-ga-tay-goo), "I am under a taboo"; the taboo would either kill them or run its course.
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