Childbirth and Tradition in Northeast Thailand: Forty Years of Development and Cultural Change

Paperback: $35.00
ISBN-13: 9788776940034
Published: April 2008

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240 pages
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  • About the Book
  • This beautifully illustrated volume offers a rare study of Isan-Thai customs and beliefs associated with pregnancy and birth and how they have changed over almost half a century. Using a psychological and socio-therapeutic framework, Anders Poulsen discusses the function of various birth rites while giving an unmatched description of all traditions specifically connected to pregnancy and birth. He includes an interesting description of the tradition of confinement by fire (yuu fai) and documents that it is still widely practiced, contrary to what has been reported. He also puts forward a theory of why some traditions maintain their importance while others fade away. The findings of this study are supported by the transcription in Isan (and translated in to English) of the ritual texts that are used in these rites.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Anders Poulsen, Author