Name day for an Azande child begins six days after birth or when the umbilical cord sloughs off. The child is first perfumed in the smoke of medicinal fruits and grasses outside the hut where it was born. Following this, a girl emerges from the entrance carrying a tray of cooked maize (above), and leaps over the baby. The food is then eaten by the family and passers-by, but instead of washing their hands, they smear the baby and its mother’s breasts with food, to infuse a spirit of generosity both directly and through the milk..
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TEA HORSE ROAD
FOOD & DRINK