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Childbirth traditions

When a girl gets married, people together with blessings and wishing her luck let her hold a baby. After she comes to her husband's house her veil is removed and thrown on the branches of a fruit-bearing tree. Then they put a baby on the bed prepared for the newlyweds. By all these rituals people express their desire to see the bride as future mother.

To make sure the child is born without any imperfections the pregnant woman tries to be cordial and affable. She tries to look at beautiful colors, still water, blue sky and so forth

After the baby is born his umbilical cord cut off the baby is bathed. For bathing they add some salt to make sure the child will grow truthful, bold and smart. During bathing the child's mother stays away. The baby is brought to her so that the child respond to her call, respect her.

When a child has the first teeth a special meal of seven grains is to be cooked followed by the ritual. People believe this will make teeth grow faster and more smoothly.

Only after the child marks his or her first birthday his fingernails and hair can be first cut. But they are not thrown out. Nails are normally wrapped in piece of clean cloth and hidden in one of the cracks on the wall or in the floor. The first cut child's hair is also kept.


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