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Mourning the Unborn DeadEVEN WOMEN who are determinedly pro-choice seldom experience abortion without some shame or remorse. And miscarriage is a loss many never get over. Buddhist rituals don’t always translate to Western practice, but in Mourning the Unborn Dead: A Buddhist Ritual Comes to America (Oxford University Press, 2009, $35.00 cloth), Tricycle contributing editor Jeff Wilson examines the gradual infiltration of one very special ceremony, the mizuko kuyo, which honors aborted, miscarried, and stillborn fetuses. Originating in Japan, where abortion is common and widely accepted, the ritual centers on Jizo, the bodhisattva who vows to save all beings from the hell realms and is seen as the protector of the unborn.

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