Meaning of AVOIDANCE

Meaning of AVOIDANCE:

In many societies persons or groups who stand in particular relationships avoid each other. As a mode of behaviour, avoidance always expresses respect. Although avoidance involves two parties, and although the prohibitions are binding on both it is usually the duty of one party specifically to avoid the other, e.g. as when it is the duty of a man to avoid his wife’s mother. The extent of avoidance varies from society to society and may include such prohibitions as not eating from the same dish to not entering the other’s village.