Medical Anthropology Research Group Seminars
Medical Anthropology Seminars (MARG): Between scary tales and scarred genes: hybrid cosmologies of placental oddities in Southern Thailand
28 January 2009 12:00 in Anthropology Seminar Room (D104), Dawson Building
Indigenous midwives and elderly women in Southern Thailand recall to have witnessed childbirths whose products did not at all times include a child but rather weird masses of flesh. Discarded by some biomedical local practitioners as weird scary tales without construct, these phenomena are fully recognised in scientific literature as the result of abnormal fertilisation. The local cosmology and treatment of the placenta mirror the always present possibility of these events, as placentae are appeased with incantations and practices to tame their liminal status.
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