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Imagining the FetusThe Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture$
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Jane Marie Law and Vanessa R. Sasson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380040.001.0001

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Tibetan Buddhist Narratives of the Forces of Creation

Tibetan Buddhist Narratives of the Forces of Creation

(p.107) Tibetan Buddhist Narratives of the Forces of Creation
Imagining the Fetus

Frances Garrett

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines different models of fetal growth in premodern religious and medical Tibetan embryological narratives, which describe causal forces such as karma, the natural elements, the energetic winds, and the wisdom of a Buddha. Embryology is presented as a means for Tibetan thinkers to define acceptable paradigms for change and growth and a theoretical model for addressing other issues of vital concern to Buddhists.

Keywords:   Tibet, Buddhism, embryology, Tibetan medicine, Tibetan Buddhism, karma, natural elements, transmigration, rebirth

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