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Monday, 24 August 2009


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Jonathan Dresner

The aborted fetus thing may not be a conservative thing at all: there's a tradition in some Asian Buddhisms (Japanese, for sure, and I think it exists in Taiwan as well) of concern about the results of miscarriages and children's deaths becoming "hungry ghost" or otherwise malevolent spirits. In Japan, the Jizo Boddhisatva is particularly associated with salvation for these souls.

Though somewhat eerie -- Japanese ghost stories are justifiably appreciated by afficianados of the creepy -- the idea of vengeful fetuses and the equation of mental creations with fetuses actually makes a lot more sense to me in that context.

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