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Narratives of Sorrow and DignityJapanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving$
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Bardwell L. Smith

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199942138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199942138.001.0001

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The Phenomena of Mizuko Kuyō

The Phenomena of Mizuko Kuyō

Responses to Pregnancy Loss

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Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity

Bardwell L. Smith

Oxford University Press

Analyzes five questionnaires conducted by Kyoto University research team in the 1980s and 1990s. Particular attention is paid to large-scale survey conducted at Adashino Nenbutsuji of 1127 people for whom memorial services were performed. This research project on women’s experiences of child loss in Japan is the only scholarly book-length study in Japanese on mizuko kuyō. Beyond analyzing these surveys, the chapter discusses other material in this study published in 1999 by the Sociological Research Group on Contemporary Religion at Kyoto University, directed by Takahashi Saburō. Of particular interest are correlations between many of these responses, which enhance one’s sense of connections between responses in this larger survey.

Keywords:   Kyoto University, Adashino Nenbutsuji, Takahashi Saburō, tatari, tsumi, shōbai, sōdan

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