How do you create new life?

Help from gods and ancestors

It’s a universal desire: the wish to have children and so help fashion a future for yourself and your community. And while it’s a timeless wish, it’s also a pressing issue of our time. For the world’s population is increasing and we’re all living longer. At the same time in many countries male fertility is in decline and women are waiting longer and longer to have children.

Medical knowledge has increased by leaps and bounds, but even so not everyone who wants to become a parent can be helped. That’s why, all over the world, people hold onto rituals, customs and objects that are meant to help bring about the creation of new life.

Beeld: David Vroom