Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles welcome to the Voice of America's news words. Protesters in Bangkok have been calling on Thailand's royal family to stay out of politics taboo. In September, protesters placed a sign near a public square in Bangkok. The sign read in part, This country belongs to the people and not the king. Questioning the power of the king and his family was once a taboo subject. In Thailand. A taboo is a subject word or custom that people are barred from talking about in a certain culture or country. Taboos may be shocking, but they provide social order. All cultures and religions have taboos.