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20 Beautiful Baby Traditions From Around The World

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Darkness Traditions

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A newborn Hopi baby leaves the dark environment of the womb to enter the purposefully darkened home. For twenty days, the newborn stays in the dark. Why? The Hopi people believe the child is still under the protection of his/her universal parents during this time. It’s sort of a spiritual transition phase where, in the dark, the child acclimates to the world around him/her. When the twenty days are done, the child is taken outside by the mother and grandmother and introduced to the Sun deity, Tawa. Afterward, the child is greeted by all it’s female relatives in the light.

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