REFLECTING THE ARRIVAL OF A NEW CHILD IN YORUBA LAND

It is of a great privilege to be able to partake in this current contest as it's been a long time we shall been able to take part in contacts particularly in this community so today I'll be writing based on the topic we are given in the cross culture community but before writing all thanks to @starstrings01, @crossculture for making the contest possible.
Going to different cultures now, they have different ways of welcoming a new born baby to the world and am going into the Yoruba land.

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Some part of Yoruba land also have different ways by which they do their welcoming and I will use the one which I have seen before as an example. If a new baby is birthed into the world, they will first bath the child and clean the baby up , then before any other thing can be done again, there will have to be a traditional rite which they do call (ORO) in which the chief priest will take the child and sink in a stream or water, if the child float up itself without anything happening to the child they will start the celebration immediately,this is not the nearest ceremony but just the minute celebration that the child is a real child and not a bastard.

HOW ARE NAMES GIVEN TO CHILD


Another aspect in arriving of a new child is given of names, in Yoruba land some people give their child names based on the circumstances all the present situation which they are and they believe the child has a significant role to play in the situation let's look at an instant whereby the father of a newborn baby has been striving to get a contract but was not given when the child was still having the pregnancy but immediately the wife gave birth he got a call that he has been awarded the contract, what will first come to the mind of the father is the name which he will give to the child because the child has brought good things for him, the day the child was born that was the day he got awarded for the contract.

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HOW THE CHILD IS BEING GIVEN BIRTH TO


Names are given to child based on how they are giving birth to, a woman who give birth to two child at same time,those child will be called twins and the name which will be given to them will be Taiwo and kehinde. Any tide that is giving birth to after the automatically the name that the child get is IDOWU.

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Also I thought I did if a newborn baby is in a sack automatically there's a name that will be given to the child and the name which he will bear in a Yoruba land is OKE. Also if a child comes out with the head the name which he will be given is OJO. So after the 7th day of childbirth there will be naming ceremony and this is where the real celebration comes in. Also circumcision of the make child is always done after the childbirth. I hope you enjoyed the post..

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It would be suprising for some people to hear that a child could come out in the womb with the leg that's sounds weird tho and I never knew this kinds of children are called Ojo.If a woman gives birth to twins the first child is named Taiwo while the second would be named Kehinde ,the child after the twins would be named Idowu then the next child after Idowu would be named Alaba.Nice article by the way bruh @mayorkeys.

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That's is the way it's been done here in the Yoruba land, I guess you are not from any of the Yoruba tribe for not to know the name (ojo). But I must know you must have heard of the twins named taiwo and kehinde which I have said before in the article. Which part of the country do you come from?

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I am not from nigeria,but I have stayed in Nigeria for a very long time so I consider myself a Nigerian.You know they do teach yoruba language in the secondary school back then which was made complusory ,so I came across this things in my secondary school days.Yeah sure I have heard about the name they give twins.

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Ohh. Wow you must have find Nigeria a very Interesting and fun place to be. And hope learning Yoruba language wasn't too hard for you

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Lol it's wasn't in anyway,it was pretty easy to learn,even though I failed yoruba language alot back then in school.i was fond of getting a pass hahaha.

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Funny you. Even though you failed Yoruba language many times, you must have been speaking it now

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If a new baby is birthed into the world, they will first bath the child and clean the baby up , then before any other thing can be done again, there will have to be a traditional rite which they do call (ORO) in which the chief priest will take the child and sink in a stream or water, if the >child float up itself without anything happening to the child they will start the celebration immediately,this is not the nearest ceremony but just the minute celebration that the child is a real child and not a bastard.

This could be very risky and it's not a good idea have you witnessed such a thing before?i have never heard about that tho I no they perform oro but not for a new born baby.But atleast have been able to learn an important thing that even me that is from the tribe hasn't come across before,I really do appreciate you for also dropping a good point about our tribe,let's keep shining @mayorkeys.

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It's not a risk, that is the traditional rite for you, if the child is not a bastard it will surely come up itself without anything happening to the child, fine and healthy. Nothing can be compared to culture

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Do they still practice the tradition of taking the Baby to the stream?
Not in the word of technology 😁😁
Among all tribes naming their babies, I still prefer Yoruba land. Lol

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I don't think so because many don't practice what is been done back then again due to civilization so many don't believe about tradition which they do call superstition

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Hehehe...what about if the child did not float up, what will happen? Won't the celebration takes place again?

Naming ceremonies to in Yoruba is always in a special way.

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That is why culture can't be forgotten just like that there is no way the child won't float up if the child is really the son of the father

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Culture is try culture in all times.

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This Yoruba belief of Ige, Aina for children who were born with placenta round the necks and those who came through their mothers with legs during delivery.

I have also acclimatize with the culture of given birth to a set of twins and the ceremonies that ensues.
Who says culture is not dynamic?

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Culture is very dynamic my brother, especially the way they celebrate twins by first cooking beans for everybody present that day before cooking of rice

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Naming the newborn based on the number of siblings he /she got is Distinct for me. But I make your culture different from others. It's really good that you gave reflected the pictures too.
Good luck with the contest.

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Wow, this is interesting to know. The Oro practice of sinking a child seem terrifying, though every thing sink under water is expected to have an upthrust. Is the tradition of Oro still practice?

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I can't say now because many don't accept traditional rite because of civilization again

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😂 That part of the yoruba culture that puts the new baby in water to confirm if he or she is a true born... It's really scary to me, what if the baby doesn't float up and dies from drowning?

I have twin friends who answer those names but I've never heard that the child after a twin is called Idowu... That's really cool.

So anybody I see that they're calling Ojo came out to the world with his head 🤔 wonderful.

Your culture is amazing, all the best in the contest

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The child can't die if it is really the father's child so there would be nothing to be scared on. Thanks for the comment

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