Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity Japanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving

ISBN-10: 0199942153
ISBN-13: 9780199942152
Edition: 2013
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Description: 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. Showing how old and new forms of myth, symbol, doctrine, praxis, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

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. Showing how old and new forms of myth, symbol, doctrine, praxis, and organization combine and overlap in contemporary mizuko kuyo, Smith provides critical insight from many angles: the sociology of the family, the power of the medical profession, the economics of temples, the import of ancestral connections, the need for healing in both private and communal ways and, perhaps above all, the place of women in modern Japanese religion.At the heart of Smith's research is the issue of how human beings experience the death of a life that has been and remains precious to them. While universal, these losses are also personal and unique. The role of society in helping people to heal from these experiences varies widely and has changed enormously in recent decades. In examples of grieving for these kinds of losses one finds narratives not only of deep sorrow but of remarkable dignity.

Preface
Approaching the Worlds of Mizuko
Mizuko Kuyo: Memorial Services for Child Loss in Japan
Architectural, Iconographic, and 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
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
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
Acknowledgments
Appendices
Commentary on the Mizuko Kuyo Service, at Adashino Nenbutsuji, Kyoto
Jizo: Protector of Travelers into and out of Life
The Tale of Sai-no-kawara
Economic Development and Temple Economics in Japan
Notes
Note on Transliteration
Glossary of Terms
Bibliography
Index

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