Not one of them would sit down, or eat a bit of any thing....
On expressing my surprise at this, they were all taboo, as they said; which word has a very comprehensive meaning; but, in general, signifies that a thing is forbidden.
related among others to the Maori tapu, Hawaiian kapu, Malagasy fady.
There is some music playing and lights flashing and drinks being served.
A taboo acknowledged by a particular group or tribe as part of their ways, aids in the cohesion of the group, helps that particular group to stand out and maintain its identity in the face of others and therefore creates a feeling of "belonging".
The meaning of the word "taboo" has been somewhat expanded in the social sciences to strong prohibitions relating to any area of human activity or custom that is sacred or forbidden based on moral judgment, religious beliefs, or cultural norms.
On a comparative basis taboos, for example related to food items, seem to make no sense at all as what may be declared unfit for one group by custom or religion may be perfectly acceptable to another.
Whether scientifically correct or not, taboos are often meant to protect the human individual, but there are numerous other reasons for their existence.
A neon sign above the bar says "Taboo" in cursive letters as the women continue on.