Beliefs and Practices Surrounding Reproductive Processes
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The preceding chapter considered the range of beliefs, values and expectations that comprise major assumptions upon which therapeutic choices are based in Bariba society. In this chapter, one particular dimension of Bariba culture will be presented and discussed — that is, values, beliefs and practices regarding reproductive processes. An understanding of these processes, which include menstruation, conception, abortion, menopause, and sterility is pertinent to this study because of the role which ideal constructs regarding reproduction play both in influencing and justifying choices which arise in relation to various reproductive processes and associated events.
KeywordsSexual Relation Reproductive Process Spirit Possession Preceding Chapter Reidel Publishing Company
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