October 13, 2020

Birth Traditions

Birth Traditions

Before we had mentioned how dais often use almost religious, or magical invocations. Below we present other countries perceptions of birth time in a similar almost magical manner. 

                                                 Aztec Goddess of Fertility and Birth

                                        This is an Aztec Goddess associated with numerous meanings, including birth, fertility, midwives, purification and also filth.  As a purification goddess, she was seen in Aztec culture as a cleanser of filth and disease.  However, as is shown in this sculpture, the goddess is associated with birth.  Furthermore, her symbolic and iconographic connections to birth appear to have grown over time, as one today finds replica Mexican sculptures of the birthing goddess, some of which are used by pregnant women in preparation for birth.


Ancient Egyptians envisioned the One who helped them during pregnancy, birth and postpartum as Taweret, a hippopotamus. Often called "Lady of Heaven", "Mistress of the Horizon", "She Who Removes Water", "Mistress of Pure Water", and "Lady of the Birth House".

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