Sunday, April 14, 2019

A gendering rite in Leviticus?

DR.KRISTINE HENRIKSEN GARROWAY: Gendering a Child with Ritual (
A child’s mother remains impure for forty days after the birth of a boy and eighty days after a girl. A comparison of this procedure with similar ones in Hittite birth rituals suggests that this gender-based differentiation may serve as a kind of ritual announcement of the child’s gender.

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