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Reproduction: Birthing Practices: South Asia
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Why birthing is an important event

Childbirth is an important biological event, enabling human societies to reproduce themselves. In South Asian societies, as elsewhere, childbirth is invested with moral and cultural meaning. These meanings, which shape birthing practices, vary from one social group to another, and over time and space. The birth…

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Unnithan-Kumar, Maya, “Reproduction: Birthing Practices: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0189a>
First published online: 2009



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