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From Asia, through Europe to Africa. There are countless traditions and customs regarding the care and protection of babies that curiously can be similar in different regions of the world. Do you know any of them? Here are the most most popular traditions that aim to protect the baby from the seedy.
In all countries and cultures there are different beliefs, customs and rituals around babies, their birth and their upbringing. Many are similar to each other, others can impress those who do not belong to that particular culture that practices a certain tradition, but all have a common goal, to protect the baby.
And it is that our instinct for protection has developed culturally in different ways, over centuries of learning, shaping unique traditions established in different cultures around the world. Do you want to know them?
For the Japanese, co-sleeping is the most normal thing in the world. In fact, sons and daughters often sleep with their parents for much of their childhood, until the little one decides to have more privacy. Moreover, from the age of 5, if there are grandparents in the home, it is considered a sign of respect that they sleep with them.
In fact, despite the fact that Europe is only beginning to talk about it, co-sleeping is a very widespread practice in the world. For example, in most Latin American countries it is practiced on a regular basis. The reason is that sleeping with babies is considered a natural way of protecting themselves.
The gift that the government gives pregnant women in Finland is world famous: a cardboard box full of objects necessary for raising the baby in the first months. Creams, diapers, clothes and blankets, all of good quality, are included in the box.
But the most striking thing is that the cardboard box has a mattress at its bottom, since it serves as the baby's first crib. These boxes have become a tradition in the Nordic country, which since the 30s of the 20th century, began to be distributed to all Nordic households to counteract infant mortality.
The reason for the box is that co-sleeping was common among Nordic families, and government recommendations at the time called for the baby to sleep separately from the parents, as it was considered safer for the same.
In some Mexican regions it is considered that there are people who are capable of 'eyeing' babies simply with their gaze. There is a belief that they are people who emanate a lot of heat, a lot of negative energy, so much so that babies can absorb it, which is why they end up having serious episodes of uncontrolled crying.
To protect them, they are usually put on an amber bracelet or a red ribbon when they go out or are going to have contact with other people, but if this does not work, they are passed an egg smeared in a rue and / or basil ointment all over the body to remove the evil eye.
Perhaps the egg is only a Mexican aspect, but in all this ritual there is a common aspect in several cultures: in many countries, from America to Asia, it is considered that red is a symbol of protection for babies, so it is normal to put a red ribbon or similar.
Although it is common for many parents to shave the head of their babies because they think that this will make their hair grow stronger, in India it is a tradition. Hindus living in the Asian country shave the heads of newborns to eliminate bad luck accumulated in past life karma. In other countries there are also traditions and rituals around the shaving of the head of babies, as in Malaysia, where a shaving ritual is done with kafir files to find out how the baby will behave in his life.
In Ireland there is a tradition of saving a piece of the wedding cake until the couple has a baby. Yes, even if years and years go by. At the christening of the long-awaited baby, a little cake is sprinkled on the baby's forehead to bring him good luck.
There is a tradition in the town of Castrillo, in Burgos, in which babies born in the last year are blessed. In this unique tradition, men dressed as devils jump on babies to free them from original sin and ensure that they will have a safe life. Curiously, There is a belief in Chiapas, Mexico, that women regulate can give babies 'warmth'. Therefore, when a woman who is menstruating visits a baby, she must jump over it making the symbol of a cross.
A very curious tradition regarding childcare is that of the African country. In the Songo tribe of northern Angola, parents raise their children until they are 5 or 6 years old, at which point they are taken over by the mother's uncles. The reason is that the position of the chiefs is inherited from the maternal lineage.
In some European countries, porting is recovering, but in reality this is an ancient custom in almost all regions of the world. For example, in the Andes, babies are carried on a blanket close to the body, swaddled from head to toe.
Although the subject of bandaging babies may seem a somewhat crude custom, in fact in Spain and other European countries it was very common until well into the last century. Interestingly, in the case of the inhabitants of the Andes, some studies consider that this special bandage protects babies from the stress of extreme weather conditions such as cold or altitude. In any case, what we are interested in highlighting is carrying, a natural tradition in most American countries, from south to north, and in many Asian and African countries.
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