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Author Wilson, Jeff (Jeff Townsend)

Title Mourning the unborn dead : a Buddhist ritual comes to America / Jeff Wilson
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009


Description 1 online resource (viii, 260 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: "Different meanings, different ends" -- "Carried with Jizō Bosatsu" : mizuko kuyō in Japanese-American communities -- "A shadow in the heart" : mizuko kuyō in convert American zen -- "We need to free ourselves" : adaptations of convert mizuko kuyō -- "Branching streams flow on in the dark" : rethinking American Buddhism in light of mizuko kuyō -- "Without biblical revelation" : rhetorical appropriations of mizuko kuyō by Christians and other non-Buddhist Americans -- "Thank you getupgrrl for giving me my mizuko" : therapeutic appropriations of mizuko kuyō by non-Buddhist Americans -- Postscript: "Where is Buddhism?"
Summary Wilson discusses how Asian immigrants, convert Buddhists, pro-life and pro-choice activists, and ordinary women have imported Japanese rituals to deal with one of the most divisive public issues in American society: abortion. He analyses the implications of these varied appropriations for the Americanisation of Buddhism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-254) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Fetal propitiatory rites -- Buddhism.
Fetal propitiatory rites -- United States
Abortion -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.
Buddhism -- Social aspects -- United States
RELIGION -- Buddhism -- Rituals & Practice.
Abortion -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Buddhism -- Social aspects
Fetal propitiatory rites
Fetal propitiatory rites -- Buddhism
United States
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780199707362