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Unformatted text preview: the Yoruba, twins are scared, and if a pregnancy with twins is miscarried or if one of the twins is stillborn, the mother carries a statue of the decreased child around with her to remember the twin. This is a way for the mother and family of the baby to care for the spirit of the deceased baby. I found it interesting that the Yoruba society is so open about the loss of the children’s live. In America, it is taboo to discuss miscarried or stillborn babies after the tragic event has taken place. It is not viewed as something that just happens as a part of life, it is often views as if it is a curse, instead of part of the cycle of life and death, as the Yoruba view it. Dr. Hanna even mentioned that these statues are available at local markets, making them very common in the Yoruba region in Nigeria....
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- Spring '10
- Dr. Emily Hanna