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Narratives of sorrow and dignity : Japanese women, pregnancy loss, and modern rituals of grieving

Author: Bardwell L Smith
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Series: Oxford ritual studies.
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"Bardwell L. Smith offers a fresh perspective on mizuko kuyō, the Japanese ceremony performed to bring solace to those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion. Showing how old and new forms of myth, symbol, doctrine, praxis, and organization combine and overlap in contemporary mizuko kuyō̄, Smith provides critical insight from many angles: the sociology of the family, the power of the medical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bardwell L Smith
ISBN: 9780199942138 0199942137 9780199942152 0199942153
OCLC Number: 823380559
Description: xvii, 410 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1: Approaching the Worlds of Mizuko. Mizuko Kuyo: Memorial Services for Child Loss in Japan ; Architectural, Iconographic, Doctrinal Features of Mizuko Kuyo ; Situating the Rites of Mourning: Two Temples and a Variety of Visitors ; The Phenomena of Mizuko Kuyo: Responses to Pregnancy Loss. --
Part 2: Deciphering the Worlds of Pregnancy Loss: Women, Men, and the Unborn. Japanese Woman as Housewife, Mother, and Worker: Patterns of Change and Continuity (1868-2010) ; Ancestors, Angry Spirits, and the Unborn: Caring for the Dead on the Path to Ancestorhood ; Mothers, Society, and Pregnancy Loss: Rethinking the Meaning of Nurture. --
Part 3: Relating Mizuko Rei to the Larger Worlds of Profound Loss ; The Revival of Death, the Rebirth of Grieving, and Ways of Mourning ; Rituals of Affliction; An Invitation to Sobriety. --
Appendices. Adashino Nenbutsuji, English language text of Mizuko kuyo service ; Yvonne Rand, Jizo: Protector of Travelers into and out of Life ; Sai-no-kawara text, tr. of Manabe Kosai. Jizo-bosatsu no kenkyu [Research on Jizo Bodhisattva]. Kyoto: Sanmitsudo shoten, 1960 ; Yasuo Sakakibara, Economic Development and Temple Economics in Japan.
Series Title: Oxford ritual studies.
Responsibility: Bardwell L. Smith.

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Bardwell L. Smith offers a fresh perspective on mizuko kuyo, the Japanese ceremony performed to bring solace to those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion.  Read more...

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