February 24, 2018

What I love about traditional images is that the whole life cycle, including old 'hags', are depicted. In these two Chamunda images the power is presented as well as her aged body.

December 12, 2017



December 02, 2017

A woman healing herself with fire post-birth from a sculpture in Konark at Puri in Orissa (thanks again to Stella Dupuis)

We at Jeeva Research Project also found that women still used fire as fumigation post birth. One dai or traditional midwife reported the following.

"In the fire we toss dry neem leaves, garlic peels, ajwain (carom seeds), raagi (millet). She should spread her sari wide, with her legs apart with the fire placed between them. The smoke and heat should go into the lower part of her body. It relieves pain and if she takes the warmth to her legs, hand and face--then her face will not swell and she will not catch cold. (Husainabi from Karnataka)

November 17, 2017

Thanks Stella, for this photo from Madurai, of a nurturing man and a pregnant (birthing?) woman.