Imagining the Fetus the Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture (Cultural Criticism)

Imagining the Fetus the Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture (Cultural Criticism)


In modern Western tradition, the note "fetus" introduces both a political topic or a literal, medicalized entity. Neither of those frameworks does justice to the colossal array of non secular literature and oral traditions from cultures worldwide within which the fetus emerges as a robust image or metaphor. This quantity provides essays that discover the depiction of the fetus within the world's significant non secular traditions, discovering a few impressive commonalities in addition to fascinating adjustments. one of the issues that emerge is the tendency to conceive of the fetus as by some means autonomous of the mother's physique -- as on the subject of the Buddha, who's defined as inhabiting a palace whereas gestating within the womb. however, the fetus may also symbolically symbolize profound human wishes and feelings, equivalent to the common adventure of vulnerability. The authors word how the appearance of the fetal sonogram has remodeled how humans in all places think the unborn this day, giving upward thrust to a slim variety of decidedly literal questions about personhood, gender, and disability.

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