Birth Customs of Dao People.  'Dao women give birth to their children in the seated position, and usually in the bedroom. The newborn is given a bath with hot water. The family of the expectant mother usually hangs green tree branches or banana flowers in front of their door to prevent evil spirit from doing harm to the baby. When the baby is three days old, they celebrate a ritual in honor of the mother.'

Birth Customs of Dao People. 'Dao women give birth to their children in the seated position, and usually in the bedroom. The newborn is given a bath with hot water. The family of the expectant mother usually hangs green tree branches or banana flowers in front of their door to prevent evil spirit from doing harm to the baby. When the baby is three days old, they celebrate a ritual in honor of the mother.'

Hindu baby rites.  "Once a Hindu baby enters the world, Jatakarma is performed to welcome the child into the family, by putting some honey in the child's mouth and whispering the name of God in the child's ear."

Hindu baby rites. "Once a Hindu baby enters the world, Jatakarma is performed to welcome the child into the family, by putting some honey in the child's mouth and whispering the name of God in the child's ear."

Birth rites among the !Kung Tribe.    "Tribe !Kung women give birth with the earth as primary midwife (a form of Unassisted childbirth) walking away from the village camp as far as a mile during labour and birthing the child alone, delivering it into a small leaf-lined hole dug into the warm sand."

Birth rites among the !Kung Tribe. "Tribe !Kung women give birth with the earth as primary midwife (a form of Unassisted childbirth) walking away from the village camp as far as a mile during labour and birthing the child alone, delivering it into a small leaf-lined hole dug into the warm sand."

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