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I don't have my copy of Deryni Magic handy at the moment, being at work, but I am 95% sure that there is a mention in there about the high infertility rate among women with the Healer trait, and I think it also implies that most (if not all) of those female Healers Rhys knew were in possibly in convents.
So in any case, if Healer maidens and widows were steered towards religious life, they could easily receive training from the other female Healers in the convent infirmaries
She also suggested that female Healer fetuses (and possibly also males) had a higher rate of miscarriage than fetuses not destined to be Healers.
Quote from: DesertRose on December 10, 2013, 08:50:12 pmShe also suggested that female Healer fetuses (and possibly also males) had a higher rate of miscarriage than fetuses not destined to be Healers. Then DS needed help with Advanced Algebra. There's something about exponential equations that puts my muse in a coma. OK, deep breath. Hmmm...gonna need to do some fancy comb-overs in the morning.
Even in the stricter Middle Eastern nations today, women are allowed to learn the healing arts in most areas due to the recognized need for women's healthcare in a culture where modesty is preserved at all costs.
Aerlys, keep in mind as you are researching that if you have a story in mind that doesn't fit with the traditional mold for a female Healer, but you believe strongly enough in your characters and story, you can always make your female Healer one of the "exceptions to the rule" that abound in real life as well as in fiction.
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