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

Bardwell L. Smith


A central focus of this volume is on the social and cultural silence to child or pregnancy loss in Japan and the emergence of women’s voices expressing their varied feelings, together with the beginning of ritualistic responses that take innumerable forms.Because of the many ways to view the movement known as mizuko kuyō, it remains a case study of how old and new forms of myth, symbol, doctrine, praxis, and organization combine and overlap. In the process, one is struck by the sheer variety of religious responses to emotional and spiritual needs. The inquiry provides a fresh perspective on th ... More

Keywords: Mizuko kuyō, grief, cultural silence, mothers, abortion, healing rituals, ancestors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199942138
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199942138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bardwell L. Smith, author
Carleton College