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Religion, medicine and the human embryo in Tibet

Author: Frances Mary Garrett
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
Series: Routledge critical studies in Buddhism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the cultural history of embryology in Tibet, in culture, religion, art and literature. Filling a significant gap, this book explores Tibetan medical history. It examines embryological  Read more...

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Garrett, Frances Mary.
Religion, medicine and the human embryo in Tibet.
Abingdon, Oxon [England] ; New York : Routledge, 2008
(OCoLC)229909554
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Mary Garrett
ISBN: 9780415441155 0415441153
OCLC Number: 181424084
Description: xvi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Becoming human in Tibetan literature. Medicine, science and religion in European thought ; Models of comparison : science and religion, science and Buddhism ; Narratives of embryology ; Caveats and approaches ; Medical epistemology and the embryological narrative ; Narrative, identity and history --
Theories of human development. Indian medical sources for human development ; Early human development in Indian Nikāya and Mahāyāna Buddhism ; Practicing gestations in Indian Vajrayāna Buddhism ; Chinese traditions of "nurturing the fetus" ; Cultural inheritance and adaptation --
Interactions between medicine and religion in Tibet. Eurasian cosmopolitanism versus Indian Buddhism : a historiographical conflict ; Striking the path : organizing the influx of Indian culture ; The heyday of medical scholasticism ; Locating humandevelopment in the narrative of Tibetan history --
The fetal body, gender and the normal. Functional physiologies : humoral and digestive systems ; The circulatory system ; Characterizing embodiment : gendered, defective and "normal" bodies ; Female physiology ; Encountering the narrative's central subject --
Gestation and the religious path. Conception and debates over the sequence of fetal development ; Fetal development in tantric sources ; The fetal experience of conception, gestation and birth ; Practicing the exoteric path ; Esoteric practices for closing the womb's door ; Purifying death, the intermediate state and rebirth ; The embryologic vision of reality ; Inconsistency, ignorance, or innovation? --
Growth, change and continuity. Karma and the Buddhist problem of causality ; Causality, the individual, and the cosmos ; the power of karma in the context of conception and development ; The shaky foundations of karma's role in becoming human ; the role of the elements in causing growth ; Attributing causality to the winds ; Growth caused by the power of gnosis ; The forces of creation --
Epilogue : historiography recapitulates embryology.
Series Title: Routledge critical studies in Buddhism.
Responsibility: Frances Garrett.
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