Childbirth

Childbirth is a deeply feminine ritual during which men are banished from the room. It is extremely unlucky for the birthing mother for a man to be present during this delicate time. (Traditionally men will guard the home during this time as their fore-fathers would have guarded the tents during nomadic times.) The womans immediate family (her mother, sisters, aunts and grandmothers) will gather around, helping her as much as possible.

Following the birth of the baby the new mother and her baby will remain seperate from the men until the naming ceremony is held, giving her time to recover and recuperate. This period will end at the beginning of the naming ceremony.

The naming ceremony is held during the ten-day celebrations. A priest/ess will give the child their official name, display it naked to the crowd to prove it is free of defect and speak of the future that they have forseen for the child whilst reading the planets and stars. The ten-day of the month in which the child was named is the childs birthday from that date on.

At some point during the next three months, when both mother and child are considered to have weathered the most dangerous periods following childbirth, a feast is thrown to welcome the new child and the mother (or foster-mother) by his/her family. During the ceremony the childs family will announce the child's name, his/her family association and his/her bloodlines. Once the introduction ceremony is complete the midwife will depart.