Saturday, 23 August 2014

Newborn Baby in Bali

"She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along" 
- M. C. Banning

Ritual of celebrating newborn baby in Bali is a bit different rather than normal custom that practice by Indonesians. In Bali, they have their own specific ritual which is Nyabutan Ceremony. This ceremony means the baby first touches the Mother Earth. 

Nyabutan ritual

Babies in Bali are not allowed to touch the ground until they are three months old. The first month is believed that baby's connection to spirit is keep tacked as they are not ready to touch the earth yet. 

During this ceremony, the family invited a priest to their family temple where they provide offerings to the Sun God and the Five Elements. The baby is then blessed with holy water and her feet are allowed to touch the ground. The parents then will carry the baby three times around the water representing the passage of birth, life and death.

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