A Handmaid’s Tale

  • Thomas J. Csordas
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)


This chapter has to do with religious rituals directed at the experience o women in North America and Japan who have undergone abortions. Ir each case, they are rituals aimed at the healing of a particular cultural construction of grief and guilt predicated upon a particular ethnopsycholog of the person. I will first present the North American ritual and ther contrast it with a parallel ritual in contemporary Japan.


Abort Fetus Spirit Possession Ritual Performance Ritual Healing Abortion Debate 
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© Thomas J. Csordas 2002

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