ritual bath (Omengat)

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Before a first time mother can be seen in public in Palau, she is required to undergo an intense traditional cleansing process two to three months after giving birth. The new mother is massaged daily with turmeric, a yellow ginger root and coconut oils and bathed with steaming herbal leaves and plants.

This cleansing process is intended to help the mother’s body and mind recover from giving birth and can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks. A big feast occurs when she finally appears before the community.

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  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    Great narration... Thanks for educating us. Good picture.....

  • Alan Szalwinski

    Alan Szalwinski said (28 Mar 2012):

    Great story Raqs! Love the colors!

  • Raquel Bagnol

    Raquel Bagnol gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    hi Saroj thanks! i haven't been here for quite a while!

  • Raquel Bagnol

    Raquel Bagnol gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    thank you Alan, and welcome! soooo glad to see u here

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