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Human birth – like death – is not regarded as a “natural” phenomenon in any human society; it is an event that is treated and processed culturally (and religiously). It is important to distinguish between the actions that shape birth (as well as the pregnancy preceding it and the phase immediately following) and the ideas that accompany these actions.

The actions have both a functional and a symbolic aspect. There are often certain things that pregnant women must avoid; when they give birth, they are occasionally isolated (birthing huts,…

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Stolz, Fritz, “Birth”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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