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By Anne Stensvold

This booklet examines altering perspectives of procreation and fetal improvement during the heritage of the Christian culture. this can be the 1st finished research of cultural perceptions of being pregnant, a space of scholarship that been understudied some time past. being pregnant holds a principal position in Christian ritual, iconography, and theology, together with the dogma of the incarnation and the cult of Virgin Mary. This ebook offers a vast creation to the attitudes and concepts inside Western Christian groups through targeting 4 classes of transition: Antiquity, the Enlightenment, modernity, and the current day. It lays the basis for additional examine of the interactions among organic versions, cultural preconceptions, and non secular beliefs.

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