The concept that delivery is something unclean and impure continues to persist. That is why the delivery takes place either in the birthhouse or in a small separate hut. For a couple of days, touching of utensils and other domestic objects by the mother is considered unclean. The clothes, containers and other things, used during the period of impurity are thrown away or left as such when the delivered mother shifts to her real residential house.

  • Source: Mann, Rann Singh. The Bay Islander. Bidasa ; Calcutta: Institute of Social Research and Applied Anthropology ; distributors, Subarnarekha, 1979[?].
  • Culture: Andaman
  • Location: Asia