Re: [SCA-JML] women's issues
- Andrea Gideon wrote:
> > . ItIt also depends vastly on WHOM we are talking about. Are we talking common
> > all depends on what your social class is of course.
folk, buke, kuge, clerical families, artisan's families? What period are we
talking about? Japan's history is not the history of a monolith where nothing
ever changes over time and things are constant through the entire strata of
>Wetnurses. In Heian Japan, for example, the wetnurse and the child develop a
> Here's one specific question. Would a high-ranking woman nurse her own
> children or would she have a wetnurse, like every other culture I've
very special relationship that lasts through life, and allows her special
perks with the kid as an adult that others not related couldn't have. There's
also another term (which I can't seem to recall now but I seem to recall being
something like "breast brother") for the son of the wetnurse, who is of course
the same age as the client child, who grows up next to the noble child in
question and typically becomes a close friend/confidant. In the Genji
Monogatari, IIRC, Koremitsu, Genji's confidant, is Genji's wetnurse's son.
>In Heian Japan, yes; I don't know about later habits with kids. Most texts
> So far, one is 1 1/2 and another is on the way. Do the Japanese swaddle
> their babies?
don't talk about these issues.
> and if so, for how long? Some cultures have a ceramony whenMy understanding is that when the child is old enough to walk the child wears
> the swaddling is finished.
real clothing. The difference is that
> Some cultures have a ceramony when it's timeThis happens at the Genpuku, at the age of c. 13. Young boys aren't dressed as
> for boys to be dressed as men (most european cultures dress them as girls
> prior to this).
girls per se, but they don't wear adult clothing. (This only holds for the
upper classes, of course -- lower classes can't afford special garments and
kids just wear miniature clothing.) Girls have a "mogi" which is their first
wearing of a mo, and takes place c. the age of 12 or 13 and marks her entry
into the world of adulthood.
About the age of 5 (somewhere between 3 and 7), a ceremony is held called the
"hakamagi" or "chakugo" (alternate readings of the same characters, meaning
"hakama wearing" where the boy wears a hakama for the first time. As part of
the festivities, the child stands on a go board and has to pick up a go stone
with his toes. (Hey, I don't make this stuff up...) Both boys and girls have
this ceremony, according to my sources.
By the Momoyama Period, for boys of the samurai classes all this would really
mean was the wearing of the courtcap and the cutting of the hair in an adult
style (which reflects its other old name, "uikouburi", or "first hatting"), as
the boy was probably already wearing miniaturized adult clothing. In the kuge
world there was still the tradition of moving to adult clothing.
> Would a pregnant woman be secluded her whole pregnancy?Definitely in the latter part as she was preparing for childbirth. In Heian
> Would she be secluded for a certain time afterward? This is the kind of
> info I'm looking for.
Japan, for example, especially in the court, birth was seen as a polluting
defilement (as was menstruation, an old Shinto thing) and the woman was
removed to her own place somewhere. Even today in modern Japan it seems to be
common that women having babies go to live with their mothers during the last
few weeks... that certainly was the case with my boss, and a couple of my
friends. The baby is named at its seventh day.