Abortion diary entry 94: katherine r, 38 (hartford, ct 1994) katherine shares her experience with abortion as a teenager in hartford, ct and the japanese buddhist ritual, mizuko kuyo, she undertook to process and heal from her abortion experience. Mizuko kuyo in the abortion cultural wars: the rhetorical appropriation of japanese buddhism by non-buddhist americans jeff wilson renison college, university of waterloo, 240 westmount road north, waterloo, on n2l 3g4, canada. In japanese, a mizuko is a fetus that miscarries or is aborted meet jizo after the abortion, mizuko kuyo: in japan, women turn to a special ritual to memorialize lost fetuses national catholic reporter. Abortion in japanese buddhism: the mizuko kuy abortion has been throughout history a contentious topic of discussion, and across diverse cultures and. Japanese abortion rituals mizuko kuyo mizuko kuyo the ritual itself kuyo - memorial services or rite typical elements to the practice 1) woman approaches priest and requests service reasoning behind mizuko kuyo samantha coates 2) held in the main worship hall of temple or in a specific.
Aborted women: a japanese perspective by anthony zimmerman, phd in japan abortion prescribes no such pre-fabricated formalities to the multi-million dollar on-going success of the mizuko kuyo prayer industry in japan indicates that grieving for an aborted child is an abiding. Abortion has been legal in japan since 1948 some japanese believe that mizuko are not fully human a mizuko kuyo is a ritual of apology and rememberance it can be simple and inexpensive, or very elaborate and expensive. Home / grief / the mizuko-kuyo memorial wall previous next who had abortions the japanese even have a ritual ceremony the mizuko kuyo which allows a grieving parent (or, in this case, almost-mama) to take the first step in healing. Helen hardacre provides new insights into the spiritual and cultural dimensions of abortion debates around the world in this careful examination of mizuko kuyo--a japanese religious ritual for aborted fetuses popularized during the 1970s, when religious entrepreneurs published frightening. Npr pulled together a beautiful story on the practice of mizuko kuyo miscarriage or abortion pinterest one of the women featured in the piece centuries ago, jizo statues were erected along the roads of japan, and travelers would stop and pray for safe passage along their journey. Modern japanese buddhism: contemporary adaptations to mizuko kuyo unlike abortions in feudal japan that were communal decisions and and was not achieved without a modern adaptation to the new reasons and concerns that arose in postwar japan mizuko kuy.
Mizuko kuy are held with increasing frequency in japan today because of the increased number of abortions performed on young unmarried women. The mizuko kuyo is a japanese (buddhist, shinto, new religious, other) memorial service for infants or young children who have died through some misfortune, including disease, miscarriage, and, increasingly, elective abortion indeed, abortion is the predominant form of contraception for many. The mizuko kuyo is a japanese (buddhist, shinto, new religious, other) memorial service for infants or young children who have died through some misfortune, including disease, miscarriage, and increasingly, elective abortion indeed, abortion is the predominant form of contraception for many. That mizuko kuyo, the ritual of apology and remembrance, with its rows of jizo statues, became commonplace abortion was legalized in japan after world war ii it is lafleur estimates that about half of japanese women perform mizuko kuyo after aborting they may. Japanese laws make abortion an economic issue may 13th most women in japan who seek abortions ostensibly do so because of financial hardship there is also mizuko kuyo, or memorial services for aborted babies.
The tragedy of japanese 'water babies' at least half of japanese women prepare a mizuko-kuyo after an abortion contestation and consensus: the morality of abortion in japan, philosophy east and west, vol 40, 1990. Mizuko kuyd and new age concepts of reincarnation the potential for different ways to solve issues connected with the abortion experience mizuko kuyo and curses the number of abortions in japan increased dramatically after the passing of. More americans are using mizuko kuyo to grieve the loss of a child, whether it be from a miscarriage or an abortion those who participate say it helps them learn to balance love and loss. I must have walked past the japanese buddhist temple in little tokyo he calls abortion a very disgusting thing: mizuko kuyo was the only ceremony they found that specifically addressed the issue of prenatal deaths in a ritualistic way. Mizuko kuy ( ) or fetus memorial service , is a japanese ceremony for those who have had a miscarriage , stillbirth , or abortion this practice has become particularly visible since the 1970s with the creation of shrines devoted solely to this ritual reasons for the.
Adopting a buddhist ritual to mourn miscarriage, abortion but mizuko kuyo, even in japan, is surprisingly modern kuyo rituals are an ancient format of japanese buddhist practice but kuyo for mizuko, for a departed child spirit.