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“The Holy Brick Of Birth-Giving”: A Reassessment Of Ancient Near Eastern Birth Bricks And Their Medical Role In Delivery, Emily Jo Liske May 2018

“The Holy Brick Of Birth-Giving”: A Reassessment Of Ancient Near Eastern Birth Bricks And Their Medical Role In Delivery, Emily Jo Liske

EURēCA: Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement

The bricks of birth are often described as a birthing tool in ancient Near Eastern societies. Assertions about their function and usage are based almost solely on two sources: ancient religious texts and ethnographic studies. However, upon closer investigation, the religious texts suggest that the bricks were primarily ritual implements, and the ethnographic studies cited only briefly allude to the possible use of bricks prior to delivery.

In order to assess the likelihood that birth bricks were used as a medical aid during labor, this project evaluates the available textual and archaeological sources, the central terminology, and commonly-cited ethnographic studies ...


The Children's Book Of World Religions, Kirsten Lea Salonga May 2017

The Children's Book Of World Religions, Kirsten Lea Salonga

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


Un-Civil Religion: Shinto And Shukyo In Postwar Japan, Justin Michael Lawrence May 2015

Un-Civil Religion: Shinto And Shukyo In Postwar Japan, Justin Michael Lawrence

Religious Studies Publications and Other Works

This research looks at the ways civil religion has been described in the postwar era in Japan through a more postcolonial lens. I take previous works on civil religion in postwar Japan and break them down to see if they hold any weight.


Gods Behaving Badly: Differences In Perceptions Of Divine Violence In Mythologies Of The Ancient Near East, George Louis Groh May 2014

Gods Behaving Badly: Differences In Perceptions Of Divine Violence In Mythologies Of The Ancient Near East, George Louis Groh

Religious Studies Publications and Other Works

Most people who follow one of the major contemporary religions, particularly in the Abrahamic traditions, adhere to a very specific set of beliefs concerning the types of behavior expected from a deity or divine power. The Bible portrays a God who “delights to show mercy” (Mic. 7:18) and encourages followers to “sanctify yourselves… and be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. 11:44). God’s character is often thought to be perfect, utterly above negative qualities such as evil, deceit, wrong doing and pettiness.[1] By this standard, then, some of the acts committed by the gods and goddesses ...


The Influences Of Folklore On The Creation Of The Mormon Identity, Hannah Ruth Laprise May 2014

The Influences Of Folklore On The Creation Of The Mormon Identity, Hannah Ruth Laprise

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


Deronda And The Tigress: Judaism, Buddhism, And Universal Compassion In George Eliot’S Daniel Deronda, Joshua Frank Moats Aug 2012

Deronda And The Tigress: Judaism, Buddhism, And Universal Compassion In George Eliot’S Daniel Deronda, Joshua Frank Moats

Masters Theses

Many scholars have discussed Judaism and the ethics of George Eliot in Daniel Deronda, but few have explored the impact of Buddhism upon the novel. This thesis is the first study to demonstrate the influence of Buddhism upon George Eliot's fiction. By tracing Eliot's interest in the emerging field of comparative religion, I argue that Buddhism offered Eliot a unique religion that was compatible with her secular humanism. Although Buddhism appears explicitly in Deronda in only a few instances, I contend that Eliot uses the tradition of Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalism as the predominant theology in Deronda ...


Powerful Hermeneutics: British Readings Of Hindu Texts And Concepts In Late Eighteenth-Century Bengal, David Fredrickson Burman May 2012

Powerful Hermeneutics: British Readings Of Hindu Texts And Concepts In Late Eighteenth-Century Bengal, David Fredrickson Burman

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.