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Раждането на деца в космобиологичния ритъм на живота
Childbirth in the Cosmo-Biological Rhythm of Life

Author(s): Valentina Vaseva
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: An attempt has been made in the text to establish a synchronism in the way the reproductive processes take place in part of the living nature, and to present their reflection on the childbirth rites and rituals, which have been analysed as part of the overall process of life-creation, subordinated to certain biological rhythms. Finding reincarnation in the building of the general picture of the world in the seasonal cycles of pregnance and the birth of an offspring, both in the world of humans and of animals, are images of the two holy mothers in the Christian calendar – St Ann and the Holy Virgin. The two cycles of their pregnancies and parturitions divide the Christian year into two seasons: winter and summer. During the winter (the wintertime wedding season) the female fertility is personified by the image of St Ann, and the reproduction cycle of spring and summer is personified by the image of the Holy Virgin. In agriculture, this cycle is related to the sowing and growth of the spring crops, and in the animal world it is associated with the reproduction of all the animals whose breeding period begins in spring. The beliefs, associated with St Ann and her feast days, concern above all the farm stock and the autumn field crops, whereas those, associated with the Holy Virgin concern the trees, vegetables, grasses and all the spring crops, as well as the breeding of farm animals of a short cycle of reproduction.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 40-60
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian