By Vanessa R. Sasson, Jane Marie Law
In modern Western tradition, the be aware "fetus" introduces both a political topic or a literal, medicalized entity. Neither of those frameworks does justice to the titanic array of spiritual literature and oral traditions from cultures world wide during which the fetus emerges as a strong image or metaphor. This quantity offers essays that discover the depiction of the fetus within the world's significant non secular traditions, discovering a few outstanding commonalities in addition to fascinating variations. one of the subject matters that emerge is the tendency to conceive of the fetus as by some means self sufficient of the mother's physique -- as in relation to the Buddha, who's defined as inhabiting a palace whereas gestating within the womb. nevertheless, the fetus may also symbolically characterize profound human wishes and feelings, similar to the common adventure of vulnerability. The authors word how the arrival of the fetal sonogram has reworked how humans all over think the unborn this present day, giving upward thrust to a slender diversity of decidedly literal questions on personhood, gender, and incapacity.