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Hope allows the person to escape from fear and amulets are made for security so the fear will not reappear Amulets for a couple committing themselves to each other Amulets for their newborn children and death because all three passages marriage childbirth and death have an unknown future The colour of a dress in a marriage symbolizes a womans maidenhood Married in Pink your spirit will sink Married in Grey you will go far away Married in Black you will wish yourself back Wedding Customs and Superstitions March 27 The colour white is the key for the next step in life the desire for procreation The colour white shows your fidelity and commitment to your partner The desire for each other is not only to make each other happy but for the gift of birth When you want a healthy baby you use superstitions to have that baby during delivery When you want a healthy baby you use superstitions to have that baby be delivered healthy One starts to believe of evil spirits because there is no explanation for the baby becoming unhealthy A newborn Akha baby must cry three times before anyone will touch it The three cries are thought to be noisy requests to the god Apoe Miyeh asking for a soul a blessing and a long life Once the baby has performed that duty the midwife will pick it up and give it a temporary name This is to keep evil spirits at bay they would assume an unnamed child is unwanted and try to claim it The baby is given its permanent name at a later ceremony when it is clear that it is healthy enough to survive Evans March 27 By having superstitions it produces a psychological assurance for a healthy baby Superstitions may prevent evil from babies but amulets or talismans are there to ease the womans childbirth A curious 19th Century British
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