Baby culture also has held baby naming for year and years. In the United States most of us look through many different baby name books to find names for our babies. Or we name them from family members in our past and present. So how do people in other countries pick names for their babies? First travel with me to Asia where we find baby names to be very different from ours.
Baby culture in China, while there you might be invited to a “Red egg and Ginger” party. Which is a baby naming party, a celebration held after the baby’s first month of life. The egg for fertility is a delicacy, it is dyed the color red for good luck. Today Chinese families use brightly colored eggs as a party favor at there ceremonies. Also, at the ceremonial feast the baby’s hair is shaved and gifts are presented to the new life.
Chinese people are very superstitious so they never name their baby before he/she is born. When the baby is born he/she is giving a “fake” name, also referred to as a “milk” name, something undesirable, such “mud face” or “excrement”, meant to disgust evil sprits and trick them to stay away from the baby. These names may stay with the children throughout their childhood.
Next is the baby culture of African Americans, which of course have their own unique baby naming system. There’s tributes are from history and culture. When slavery was around, a slave owner often renamed his slaves, something not generally used by whites. Greek mythology names were used. Ex. ( Daphne, Apollo, Nessus, or Diana.) Or many slaves’ full names were converted into diminutive cognates of another white-owned name. (Tom, Cas, Lil, or Bo.) Biblical names were also granted in attempt to convert them to
Christianity. However to preserve their heritage, slaves often gave their children ethnically based names, which were used privately in their communities. After the civil war African American’s had complete control in naming their children. Then names became more profound and formal. Also prohibited names given onto children such as Moses, and Abraham.
In the 1960’s African American’s adopted the style of creating unique names, as indivual names, distinct from white community. Traditionalism and pride inspired them to look to their Muslim and African roots, to names like Muhammad, Hussan, and Ali for their boys, and Shawana Naajila, and Malaika for girls.
Among very many cultures is another baby culture for baby naming which is Muslim. Following tradition, parents name their baby on their birthday or at an “Aeqeeqah” which is held on the seventh day after the baby is born, this ceremony involves a sacrifice of a sheep or goat. (Two for a boy, I for a girl.)
The head is shaved and covered in Saffron. Saffron is a spice, derived from the flower of the Saffron Crocus.
Another culture which is different among other cultures in childbearing is Maasiai baby culture, the most important person through the pregnancy is the midwife, and she has two roles that are very crucial. The first role is to receive the baby, welcoming him/her into its new world. Then the midwife severs the umbilical cord. Separating the baby from its mother. Cutting the cord she utters “you are now responsible for your own life as I as much as I am responsible for mine.” Warning the baby that he/she has left the security of their mother’s womb and is now responsible for their own life. After the initial ceremony which ends with burying the afterbirth, mother is fed with honey from a beehive. The father goes to draw blood from a cow. The way of drinking blood from the cow depends on whether the baby is a girl or boy. After the blood drawing from the cow. The blessing is given to the house where the baby is born; this is mostly done by slaughtering sheep or using the cud that has been chewed on by either brown or a black sheep. Since both are sacred in a Massiai culture.
Through many cultures are very different in other countries. The many kinds of children's culture seem to stay the same. Toys, TV. computers and sometimes religion. Another kind of kid’s culture is art. Many children love expressing themselves through art. Art of drawing, painting, and even music.