A dead body fills most people with fear, and touching one is considered taboo. But what if this was your job? Would you dig up a rotting corpse for $2 a day? Can you see yourself rushing to the scene of a fatal car crash to pick up the bodies? Or maybe dissect a woman to see why she died? Is it money, faith or the search for the truth which makes us break this taboo and touch a dead body?
Some may consider one way of raising kids is normal while another would not. See kids who help with the family income by boxing, a five year old who is still breast fed by his mother, and sons who attend a religious self-mutilation festival.
An investigation of religions which measured physical pain as means of devotion.
A look at the Philippines thriving black market for human organs. Also, a look at Papua New Guinea's intimate bond between humans and pigs. Plus, an Australian health therapist who uses urine as a topical medicine is profiled.
An exploration of cultures in which the people will entrust their health to faith in place of modern medicine in Arizona, Venezuela and Philippines.
A spotlight on dangerous initiation rituals, including a fire dance in Papua, New Guinea, and riding untamed bulls in India.
A look at the taboos concerning foods, including what is acceptable and what may disgust others. Whether it includes chewing on a spider, devouring duck embryo, chomping on an animal penis or even biting into horseflesh, it all depends on the tastes of the beholder.
A profile of individuals and societies which are considered outcasts. Among those included are rat catchers in India, Nepal leprosy sufferers, and Australian scavengers.
A look at drug uses and how it's perceived in different cultures and societies. Also, the drug scene in Washington, DC and the Andes mountains in Peru.
An exploration of the societies in India, Indonesia and Albania which recognize more than just two genders.
An investigation of the lengths some societies go to in which to punish their criminals. Includes a look at kids in Tennessee who were forced to wear a sign around their neck after being caught shoplifting.
A profile of people who have gone to extreme lengths to change their looks. includes a man who has had surgery to attach horns on his head, an a woman was is believed to have the world's tiniest waist.
An examination of rituals from around the world which deal in the passage of one phase of life to another. Included is a headfirst leap from a 70 foot high tower by boys on an island in the South Pacific. In Papua, New Guinea, a young woman gets her face tattooed before her marriage ceremony. A man in West Africa participates in a bloodletting ceremony which will ready him for the priesthood.
A look at traditions from around the world in animal bloodletting. Included is a ancient ritual in Nepal which ends in an animal sacrifice, Denmark's annual Whale slaughter, and the sport of cockfighting in Bali.
A look at how different societies express love and sex, including swingers in Australia, and a Chinese ethnic group which encourages sexual boldness.