See also related sections "Anthropology" and "General" in Paula Wansbrough and Kathleen O'Grady, Menstruation: A List of Sources
Gross, Rita M., "Menstruation and Childbirth as Ritual and Religious Experience among Native Australians", pp. 277-292 in Nancy Auer Falk and Rita M. Gross (eds.), Unspoken Worlds: Women's Religious Lives in Non-Western Cultures. San Francisco: Harper and Row.
van Beek, Walter E. A., "Becoming Human in Dogon, Mali", pp. 46-70 in Goran Aijmer (ed.), Coming Into Existence: Birth and Metaphors of Birth. Goteborg, Sweden: IASSA, 1992. La Fontaine, J. S., "Ritualization in Women's Life-Crises in Bugisu", pp. 157-185 in J. S. La Fontaine (ed.), The Interpretation of Ritual: Essays in Honour of A. I. Richards. London: Tavistock, 1972. Nabofa, M. Y., "Blood Symbolism in African Religion", Religious Studies 21, pp. 389-405. Odouyoye, M., "Naming the Woman: the Words of the Akan and the Words of the Bible", Bulletin de Th=E9ologie Africaine 3,5: pp. 81-97.
King, Helen, "Bound to Bleed: Artemis and Greek Women", pp. 109-127 in Averil Cameron and Am=E9lie Kuhrt (eds.), Images of Women in Antiquity. London: Crook Helm, 1983. Major primary texts: Aristotle, The Generation of Animals (Book II, 3+4; Book IV, 1+2; specifically 727b; 726b-731b; 775b-778a); Pliny, The Natural History of Pliny (Book VII, XV; Book XXVIII, XXIII); Josephus, The Jewish War (Book V, 222-22) and Jewish Antiquities (Book III, 261-275).
Furth, Charlotte and Ch'en Shu-Yueh, "Chinese Medicine and the Anthropology of Menstruation in Contemporary Taiwan", Medical Anthropology Quarterly 6, 1 (March 1992): pp. 27-48. Momoko, Takemi, "Menstruation Sutra Belief in Japan", Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 10, 2-3 (1983): pp. 229-245. Reed, Barbara E., "The Gender Symbolism of Kuan-yin Bodhisattva" (see section: "Symbol of Liberation from Women's Suffering"), pp. 159-165 in Jos=E9= Ignacio Cabez=F3n (ed.), Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender. New York: SUNY.
Ahern, Emily M., "The Power and Pollution of Chinese Women", pp. 269-290 in Arthur P. Wolf (ed.), Studies in Chinese Society. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1978.
Amoah, Elizabeth, "On Being Near the Fire", The Witness 68, 12 (December) : p.19. Hartman, Louis F. (ed.), "Menstruation", in Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1963. Park, Sun Ai, "Religion and Menstruation", pp. 12-18 in Stella Faria et al. (eds.), The Emerging Christian Woman: Church and Society Perspectives. Indore: Satprakashan Sanchar Kendra, 1984. Phipps, William E., "The Menstrual Taboo in the Judeo-Christian Tradition", Journal of Religion and Health 19, 4 (Winter 1980): pp. 298-303. Ruether, Rosemary Radford, "Women's Body and Blood: The Sacred and the Impure", pp. 7-21 in Alison Joseph (ed.), Through the Devil's Gateway: Women, Religion and Taboo. London: SPCK, 1990. Selvidge, Marla J., "Mark 5:25-34 and Leviticus 15:19-20: A Reaction to Restrictive Purity Regulations", Journal of Biblical Literature 103 (December 1984): pp. 619-623. Soskice, Janet Martin, "Blood and Defilement", European Theology, Heft 2, Tubingen 1994. Major primary texts: Bible: Old Testament: Leviticus 15; New Testament: Mark 5:25; Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica Pt. III Q. 31 Art. 5; and Q.64 Art 3-4. Suppl;
Apffel-Marglin, Frederique, "The Sacred Groves", Manushi 82 (May/June 1994): pp. 22-32. Chawla, Janet, "The Rig Vedic Slaying of Vrtra: Menstruation Taboos in Mythology", Manushi 68 (Jan.-Feb. 1992): pp. 29-34. Ferro-Luzzi, G. Eichinger, "Food Avoidances at Puberty and Menstruation in Tamilnad: An Anthropological Study", pp. 93-100 in J. R. K. Robson (ed.), Food, Ecology and Culture: Readings in the Anthropology of Dietary Practices. New York: Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 1980. Walker, Benjamin (ed.), "Menstruation", pp. 61-63 in The Hindu World: An Encyclopedic Survey of Hinduism. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1968. Major primary texts: Law Book of Manu (see 4.41; 5.66).
Engineer, Asghar Ali (ed.), pp. 38-41 in Status of Women in Islam. Delhi : Ajanta Publications, 1987. Fischer, Michael M., pp. 204-206 of "Persian Women", in Lois Beck and Nikki Keddie (eds.), Women in the Muslim World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978. Major primary texts: Qur'an 2:223.
Antonelli, Judith S., "Menstruation", pp. 276-287 in In the Image of God: A Feminist Commentary on the Torah. London: Jason Aronson, 1995. Archer, L=E9onie J., "'In Thy Blood Live': Gender and Ritual in the Judeo -Christian Tradition", pp. 22-49 in Alison Joseph (ed.), Through the Devil's Gateway: Women, Religion and Taboo. London: SPCK, 1990. Archer, L=E9onie J., "Bound by Blood: Circumcision and Menstrual Taboo in Post-Exilic Judaism", pp. 38-61 in Janet Martin Soskice (ed.), After Eve : Women, Theology and the Christian Tradition. London: Marhsall Pickering, 1990. Baker, Adrienne, "The Marital Relationship and the Laws of Family Purity (Taharat Ha Mischpachaah)", pp. 155-157 in The Jewish Woman in Contemporary Society. New York: New York University Press, 1993. Bleich, J. David, "Survey of Recent Halakhic Periodical Literature", Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Thought 21, 4 (Fall 1985): pp. 56-72. Cohen, Shaye J. D., "Purity and Piety: The Separation of Menstruants from the Sancta", pp. 103-115 in Susan Grossman and Rivka Haut (eds.), Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue. New York: Jewish Publication Society, 1992. Delaney, Janice, Mary Jane Lupton, and Emily Toth, "Woman Unclean: Menstrual Taboos in Judaism and Christianity", pp. 33-39 in The Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1976. Englard-Schaffer, Naomi Y., "Review Essay on Blu Greenberg's On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition", Tradition 21, 2 (Summer 1983): pp. 132-145. Hinnells, John R. (ed.), "Menstruation", p. 210 in The Facts on File Dictionary of Religions. New York: Facts on File, 1984. Jacobs, Louis (ed.), "Menstruation", p. 342 in The Jewish Religion: A Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995. Neusner, Jacob, "From Scripture to Mishnah: The Origins of Tractate Niddah", Journal of Jewish Studies 29 (1978): pp. 135-148. Wasserfall, Rahel, "Menstruation and Identity: The Meaning of Niddah for Moroccan Women Immigrants to Israel", pp. 309-327 in Howard Eilberg-Schwartz (ed.), People of the Body: Jews and Judaism from an Embodied Perspective. New York: SUNY, 1992. Weissler, Chava, "Mizvot Built into the Body: Tkhines for Niddah, Pregnancy, and Childbirth", pp. 101-115 in Howard Eilberg-Schwartz (ed.), People of the Body: Jews and Judaism from an Embodied Perspective. New York: SUNY, 1992. Wigoder, Geoffrey (ed.), "Niddah", pp. 524-525 in The Encyclopedia of Judaism. New York: Macmillan, 1989. Major primary texts: Torah: Leviticus 15:19; Leviticus 18:19; The Mishnah: Tractate Niddah; The Tosefta: Sixth Division, Tohorot: Niddah; Talmud of Babylonia: Bavli Tractate Niddah; Talmud of the Land of Israel: Niddah.
Beyene, Yewoubdar, From Menarche to Menopause: Reproductive Lives of Peasant Women in Two Cultures. 1989. Molina, Anatilde Idoyaga, "The Myth of Nesoge: Hermenuetic Analysis of a Pilaga Relation", Latin American Indian Literatures Journal 1, 1(Spring 1985): pp. 1-12.
Camp, Cheryl, "A Female Initiation Rite in the Neigrie Area", pp. 68-83 in Norman C. Habel (ed.), Powers, Plumes, and Piglets: Phenomena of Melanesian Religion. Bedford Park, South Australia: Australian Association for the Study of Religions, 1979. Carsten, Janet, "The Process of Childbirth and Becoming Related among Malays in Pulau Langkawi", pp. 20-46 in Goran Aijmer (ed.), Coming Into Existence: Birth and Metaphors of Birth. Goteborg, Sweden: IASSA, 1992. Kigasung, Wesley, "The Value of Bukawa Initiation", Point: Forum for Melanesian Affairs 7, 2 (1978): pp.128-139. Lutkehaus, Nancy C., "Gender Metaphors: Female Rituals as Cultural Models in Manam", pp. 182-204 in Nancy C. Lutkehaus and Paul B. Roscoe (eds.), Gender Rituals: Female Initiation in Melanesia. New York: Routledge, 1995. Roscoe, Paul B., "The Narandauwa Rites", pp. 59-66 in Nancy C. Lutkehaus and Paul B. Roscoe (eds.), Gender Rituals: Female Initiation in Melanesia. New York: Routledge, 1995.
Powers, Marla N., "Menstruation and Reproduction: An Oglala Case", Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 6, 1 (Autumn 1980): 54-65. Scully, Virginia, "Women's Problems", pp. 287-288 in A Treasury of American Indian Herbs: Their Lore and Their Use for Food, Drugs, and Medicine. New York: Crown Publishers, 1970. Major primary texts: Black Elk, The Sacred Pipe, pp. 116-126, Joseph Epes Brown (ed.).
Smyers, Karen A., "Women and Shinto: The Relation Between Purity and Pollution", Japanese Religions 12, 4 (July 1983): 7-18.
Balzer, Marjorie Mandelstam, "Rituals of Gender Identity: Markers of Siberian Khanty Ethnicity, Status, and Belief", American Anthropologist 83, 4 (1981): pp. 850-867.
Winslow, Deborah, "Rituals of First Menstruation in Sri Lanka", Man: The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 15 (1980): 603-625.
Culpepper, Emily E., "Zoroastrian Menstruation Taboos: A Women's Studies Perspective", pp. 199-210 in Judith Plaskow and Joan Arnold Romero (eds.), Women and Religion: Papers of the Working Group on Women and Religion 1972-73. American Academy of Religion and Scholars Press, 1974.
Bonnerjea, Biren (ed.), "Menstruation", p. 165 in A Dictionary of Superstitions and Mythology. London: Folk Press, 1969. Buckley, Thomas and Alma Gottlieb, Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Carlo, Wanda, "Riding a White Horse with a Red Saddle: Women's Folklore", Louisianna Folklore Miscellany 6, 2 (1986-87): pp. 44-48. Downing, Christine, "Come and Celebrate with Me", Anima: An Experimental Journal of Celebration 9, 1 (Fall 1982): pp.11-27. (Personal reflections on menopause). Frazer, Sir James, The New Golden Bough. Theodor H. Gaster (ed.). New York: Criterion, 1959 ed. See section 489: "The Taboos Imposed on Girls at Puberty" (pp. 584-587); section 165-170: "Taboo and the Perils of the Soul" (pp. 166-175). Grahn, Judy, Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World. Boston: Beacon, 1993. Kitahara, Michio, "Menstrual Taboos and the Importance of Hunting", American Anthropologist 84, 4 (December 1982): pp. 901-903. Knight, Chris, Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture. London: Yale University Press, 1991. Logan, Deana Dorman, "The Menarche Experience in Twenty-Three Foreign Countries", Adolescence 15, 57 (Spring 1980): pp. 247-256. Montogomery, Rita E., "A Cross-Cultural Study of Menstruation, Menstrual Taboos, and Related Social Variables", Ethos 2, 1 (Spring 1974): pp. 137-170. M=FCller, Max F. (ed.), "Woman", pp. 648-654 in The Sacred Books of the East. Clarendon, 1910; Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1966. Newman, Joan, "Preserving the Status Quo: The Folklore of Women", Australian Folklore: A Yearly Journal 1 (March 1987): pp. 5-24. O'Grady, Kathleen and Paula Wansbrough, Sweet Secrets: Stories of Menstruation. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1997. O'Grady, Kathleen, "Menstruation" in Women and World Religions. Serinity Young et al. (eds.). New York: Macmillan, (forthcoming) 1998-9. O'Grady, Kathleen and Paula Wansbrough, "Menstruation" in A Reader's Guide to Women's Studies. Chicago: Fitzroy-Dearborn, forthcoming 1998. O'Grady, Kathleen, "Blood and Chestnuts", pp. 121-124 in Jo-Anne Elder and Colin O'Connell (eds.), Voices and Echoes: Canadian Women's Spirituality. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1997. Opie, Iona and Moira Tatem, "Menstruating Woman", p. 247 in A Dictionary of Superstitions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. Paige, Karen Ericksen and Jeffery M. Paige, "Menstrual Restrictions and Sex Segregation Practices", pp. 208-254 in The Politics of Reproductive Ritual. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981. Peters, F. E., "The Menstruant", pp. 731-734 in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: The Classical Texts and Their Interpretation. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Sommer, Barbara, "Menstruation", pp. 231-234 in Helen Tierney (ed.), Women's Studies Encyclopedia I. London: Greenwood Press, 1989. Tuttle, Lisa (ed.), "Menstruation", p. 203 in The Encyclopedia of Feminism. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1986. Walker, Barbara, "Menstruation" in The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. New Jersey: Castle Books, 1983. Wansbrough, Paula, "Sweet Secrets: Researching and Writing on the Internet" in Resources for Feminist Research, forthcoming summer 1998.
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