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The fangs of reproduction: an analysis of Taiwanese menstrual pollution in the context of Buddhist philosophy and practice

Lhamo, Yeshe

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Anthropologists have hitherto considered Taiwanese pollution beliefs largely in the framework of Mary Douglas's theories, neglecting important sociocultural aspects that contribute to the persistence of pollution beliefs and related menstrual taboos. Recent studies have shown that most societies hold diverse attitudes toward menstruation, and that such attitudes are deeply rooted in the sociocultural and religious structures of the respective societies. Thus, in this article, rather than...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/88233
Source: History and Anthropology
DOI: 10.1080/027572003200105376

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