When it comes to having babies, many countries have different baby traditions but in this article, we bring you 10 Strange Birth Customs from around the World though there are more than that.
1. Birth Traditions In Bali
In Bali, It is taboo for babies to touch the ground for the first three months of their lives and they must always be carried at all times.
It is because the people of Bali believe that when a baby touches the ground, the spirit may likely have a connection with him or her.
But when the baby doesn’t have contact with the ground, the baby’s relationship with the evil spirit is kept untouched.
During a nyambutin ceremony which occurs after three months of the baby’s life, the baby’s feet are usually allowed to touch the ground for the first time.
2. Muslim Cultures
A sheep is usually sacrificed in many Muslim cultures and on the 7th of the baby’s life, his or her head is shaved and weighed.
This sacrifice is what the Muslim culture regarded as ‘Aqiqah’.
3. Chinese Birth Traditions
Any mother who gives birth to a newborn baby in China is expected to spend 30 days in confinement with their child.
During this period, she must not leave the home nor she is allowed to eat any raw fruit or even take bath.
The Chinese baby traditions are known as ‘Zuo Yuezi’ or ‘sitting the month’ and according to what we learnt, it has been existing for more than 2000 years.
But in recent time, Chinese women still find it hard to follow birth traditions.
4. Birth Traditions In Bulgaria
The people of Bulgaria believe it is bad luck to coo over a newborn baby.
When this happens, it is believed that Devil can use that period to snatch the praise and harms the object of admiration one gives to a baby.
So instead, the Bulgarians pretend the newborn babies are not fine and say that they hope chickens pop on them. this sounds amazing to know.
5. Birth Tradition in India
Similar to Chinese women, Indian women do not bath after giving birth but when it is on the fifth day, they take their bath in cow’s urine and milk.
After that, they rest in a room decorated with fresh cow dung.
6. African Birth Traditions – Nigeria
I don’t think if this African birth tradition is still valid in Nigeria but generally, the Igbo people usually have the belief that the placenta is the dead twin of the newborn baby and give it full burial rites, often under a tree.
7. African Birth Traditions – Kenya
Many people in Kenya bury the placenta of a baby in a bush and cover it with grain and grass.
8. Japanese Birth Traditions
The Japanese have a good belief about the umbilical cord even to the extent that they keep and packaged it in a nice lacquer box.
Japanese baby traditions are usually called ‘heso-no-o’, or ‘tail of the belly’.
It is believed that the umbilical cord deserves to be pampered for posterity due to the fact that it is a connection to one’s mother.
9. The Navajo birth traditions
The people of Navajo believe that the first time a baby laughs, it signifies a remarkable event.
Not only that, but it also marks the transition of the baby from the spirit world to the physical world.
So to celebrate this, a party is usually held for the baby.
NOTE: If you find yourself in any Navajo environment, don’t be the one to make the baby laugh first or else you will be the one to throw the baby birth ceremony and also take care of the bills for the celebration.
10. Birth Traditions In Tibet
when a baby is born in Tibet, two banners are put outside the house.
One is to chase evil and protect the newborn baby while the other is to bring good fortune.
The parents must not celebrate the birth of their baby until the third day.
On the third day, friends and family can come to the house to celebrate with the parents as this indicate wishes for a bountiful life ahead.