This book seeks to fill an important gap
in the research about the anthropology of
birth and death.
Whereas studies on death rituals have resulted
in an elaborate body of theories concerning the channelling of emotions, the socialising of grief
and anger and the social construction of present
and past life, studies on childbirth rituals are
usually to be found in either feminist works or
works on medical anthropology concerned with
the health of mother and child.
The articles in this book look into childbirth and
its accompanying rituals in the context of its
social significance and its potential to articulate central values and concepts.