Genre: Factual, Culture
Duration: 4 episodes x 30 Mins
Territory/Rights available: Worldwide
Formats Available: –
Show Format: HD
Produced by: Verite Productions
EP 1: BALI, INDONESIA:
The earth is the focus of the rituals in this episode. Balinese babies are not allowed to touch their feet to the ground until they are three months old. This is when their parents conduct the Nyabutan ceremony and the baby touches the ground for the first time.
EP 2: MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES:
In the thick forests of Mindanao, Philippines, blood flows thick – and not only due to political conflict. The rituals for newborns in the Subanon tribe involve blood and some of them are conducted under the cover of darkness.
EP 3: RAJASTHAN, INDIA:
Water and cleansing is the focus of this episode in the desert state of India, Rajasthan. Women who have just given birth need to go through a ritual to cleanse them before they can enter the kitchen again or draw water from the village well.
EP 4: SINGAPORE:
Minority communities in Singapore sometimes find it hard to conduct their traditional birth rituals here. Like Armenian father Eric Margaryan who is waiting for a priest to visit Singapore before he can baptise his daughter. In another community, the North-East Indian Assamese, friends step into the role of family to help with ritual preparation and roles traditionally reserved for members of the family.