Religious Rituals and Secular Rituals: Interpenetrating Models of Childbirth in a Modern, Israeli Context

Susan Starr Sered

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Abstract

Women interviewed at a maternity hospital in Jerusalem were found to have selected childbirth rituals from a very large ritual reservoir, gleaned from diverse religious and nonreligious sources. This chapter argues that previous studies of childbirth rituals may well have underestimated the extent to which the precise ritual packages of individuals are idiosyncratic. Factors encouraging idiosyncratic ritual selection among the women of this study include: multiple models of childbirth behavior, modernity, pluralism, lack of absolute ritual requirements, and multiple sources of childbirth information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
JournalSociology of Religion
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

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