Birthing Cermonies of Other Cultures
The birthing ceremonies of the Indian culture has a lot of different aspects then the American culture does. I guess that is why they are different cultures. All cultures have different views on different things such as religion, but they also share the same as well for example every culture has some form of the family. This is what helps most cultures understand other cultures. In the Indian culture their view of bringing a child into the world is much different then the American culture's view.
In the Indian culture there are a lot of preparations that go into getting the parents and the community ready for the new member. Their culture does more work with the child before they are even born. First…show more content…
They will not bury it because they believe that the Earth is the mother and father to all children, and the Earth must not have it abused by burying it in the ground.
During the pregnancy, seeing how the mother has no time to relax, they take these steam baths. In an adobe hut there is a stove, called a temascal , which is were the placenta can be burned also, which produces steam that is supposed to calm the women down. This stove is made of stone. The stones are heated up and then the door is shut and then cold water is poured on the rocks and this makes steam. This is said to prevent the mother from having a miscarriage. A lot of times they add Herb's and leaves to the bath which helps them relax as well as supply them with nutrients. The mother usually takes this after work so that she can sleep and get up and do it all over again tomorrow. The purity of the child is protected after birth for eight days.
The newborn baby is alone with its mother for these eight days. None of the other children can see the child for this time frame. The mothers only visitors are the people who bring her food. This time frame is the baby integration into the family.
When the child is born they kill a sheep and there is a little fiesta just for the family. The neighbors start coming to visit and bring gifts. the gifts they bring are usually food for the mother, or something for the baby.
The mother has to taste all of the food