Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan


Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan
Name Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan
Author William R. La Fleur
Description Why would a country strongly influenced by Buddhism's reverence for life allow legalized, widely used abortion? Equally puzzling to many Westerners is the Japanese practice of mizuko rites, in which the parents of aborted fetuses pray for the well-being of these rejected lives. In this provocative investigation, William LaFleur examines abortion as a window on the culture and ethics of Japan. At the same time he contributes to the Western debate on abortion, exploring how the Japanese resolve their conflicting emotions privately and avoid the pro-life/pro-choice politics that sharply divide Americans on the issue.
Publisher Princeton University Press
Language Not Available
Rating 3.59
ISBN 0691029652
Total Pages 280
Published Year 1994
Published Month 6
Published Day 11
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