Saturday, June 28, 2008

Happy Birthday!

We made a visit to the Museum of Mayan Medicine the other day, and if you've got a spare two dollars and have never seen dried herbs before, it's well worth the trip. The highlight was a graphic, stomach-churning video about Mayan midwives. Just a few dozen miles from this internet cafe, expectant mothers are still cleansed with the blood of a sacrificial chicken and give birth fully dressed, on their knees in a mud hut "clinic" [see creepy diarama at left], without benefit of things like "drugs," "doctors" or "clean water." On the other hand, the Maya have a very progressive maternity leave policy - the mother cannot get out of bed for three months, during which time - if the baby was a boy - she is forbidden to consume avocados, lest the child's penis become inflamed. Even Massachusetts doesn't go that far.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, since today is YOUR birthday, the least you can do is say "Thank You"! I really missed those avocados! But in the modern USA, mothers didn't get to spend three months in bed!!

Happy Birthday, Frank.

Love,

M

Burro Hall said...

You're confused, Mom - today is my brother-in-law Joe's birthday. And Mel Brooks'.

Krellinator said...

I don't know; Mrs. Krellinator has the same calendar as M. So, hoist a margarita on us, for a happy 41. Damn, we're old. Actually, bill it to the Underhills.