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The Resource The haunting fetus : abortion, sexuality, and the spirit world in Taiwan, Marc L. Moskowitz

The haunting fetus : abortion, sexuality, and the spirit world in Taiwan, Marc L. Moskowitz

Label
The haunting fetus : abortion, sexuality, and the spirit world in Taiwan
Title
The haunting fetus
Title remainder
abortion, sexuality, and the spirit world in Taiwan
Statement of responsibility
Marc L. Moskowitz
Title variation
Abortion, sexuality, and the spirit world in Taiwan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Haunting Fetus focuses on the belief in modern Taiwan that an aborted fetus can return to haunt its family. Although the topic has been researched in Japan and commented on in the Taiwanese press, it has not been studied systematically in relation to Taiwan in either English or Chinese. This fascinating study looks at a range of topics pertaining to the belief in haunting fetuses, including abortion, sexuality, the changing nature of familial power structures, the economy, and traditional and modern views of the spirit world in Taiwan and in traditional Chinese thought. It addresses the mental, moral, and psychological aspects of abortion within the context of modernization processes and how these ramify through historical epistemologies and folk traditions. The author illustrates how images of fetus-ghosts are often used to manipulate women, either through fear or guilt, into paying exorbitant sums of money for appeasement. He argues at the same time, however, that although appeasement can be expensive, it provides important psychological comfort to women who have had abortions as well as a much-needed means to project personal and familial feelings of transgression onto a safely displaced object. In addition to bringing to the surface underlying tensions within a family, appeasing fetus-ghosts, like other dealings with supernatural beings in Chinese religions, allows for atonement through economic avenues. The paradox in which fetus-ghost appeasement simultaneously exploits and assists evinces the true complexity of the issue--and of religious and gender studies as a whole
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digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Moskowitz, Marc L
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Taiwan
  • Fetus
  • Emotions
  • Women
  • Religion
  • Psychology, Social
  • Fetus
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology, Cultural
  • Social Behavior
  • Reproductive Physiological Phenomena
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Behavior
  • Social Sciences
  • Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms
  • Humanities
  • Reproductive and Urinary Physiological Phenomena
  • Persons
  • Embryonic Structures
  • Anthropology
  • Anatomy
  • Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Named Groups
  • Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena
  • Phenomena and Processes
  • Ceremonial Behavior
  • Aborted Fetus
  • Sexuality
  • Buddhism
  • Confucianism
  • Culture
  • Pregnant Women
  • Family
  • Religious Philosophies
  • Guilt
  • Fœtus
  • Taiwan
  • BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
  • RELIGION
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Fetus
  • Taiwan
  • Religion
  • Schwangerschaftsabbruch
  • Taiwan
Label
The haunting fetus : abortion, sexuality, and the spirit world in Taiwan, Marc L. Moskowitz
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-197) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Written and Visual Media
  • 7. Religious Masters and Their Temples
  • 8. Illness, Healing, and the Limitations of Fetus-Ghost Appeasement
  • 9. Sexuality and the Haunting Fetus
  • 10. Blood-Drinking Fetus Demons: Greed, Loathing, and Vengeance through Sorcery in Taiwan
  • 11. Conclusion: Fetus Spirits and the Commodification of Sin
  • Appendix. Dragon Lake Temple's Red Contract
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Frontmatter
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Beyond the Percentages: Abortion and Meaning in Taiwan
  • 3. Made in Japan? The First Stages of the Adoption and Adaptation of a Japanese Religious Practice in Taiwan
  • 4. Fetus Ghosts and Traditional Beliefs in Taiwan
  • 5. The Haunting Fetus
Control code
ocn606554871
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 206 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864774
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824864774
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62p5ck
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)606554871
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The haunting fetus : abortion, sexuality, and the spirit world in Taiwan, Marc L. Moskowitz
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-197) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Written and Visual Media
  • 7. Religious Masters and Their Temples
  • 8. Illness, Healing, and the Limitations of Fetus-Ghost Appeasement
  • 9. Sexuality and the Haunting Fetus
  • 10. Blood-Drinking Fetus Demons: Greed, Loathing, and Vengeance through Sorcery in Taiwan
  • 11. Conclusion: Fetus Spirits and the Commodification of Sin
  • Appendix. Dragon Lake Temple's Red Contract
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Frontmatter
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Beyond the Percentages: Abortion and Meaning in Taiwan
  • 3. Made in Japan? The First Stages of the Adoption and Adaptation of a Japanese Religious Practice in Taiwan
  • 4. Fetus Ghosts and Traditional Beliefs in Taiwan
  • 5. The Haunting Fetus
Control code
ocn606554871
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 206 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864774
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824864774
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62p5ck
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)606554871
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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