Pregnant Women

: Part V.
: Folklore Of The Santal Parganas

Pregnant women are not allowed to go about alone outside the village;

for there are bongas everywhere and some of them dislike the sight of

pregnant women and kill them or cause the child to be born wry-necked.

A pregnant woman may not make a mud fireplace for if she does her child

will be born with a hare-lip; nor may she chop vegetables during an

eclipse or the same result will follow. She may not ride in a cart,

for if she does the child will be always crying and will snore in its

sleep; if she eats the flesh of field rats the child's body will be

covered with hair and if she eats duck or goose flesh the child will

be born with its fingers and toes webbed. Nor may a pregnant woman

look on a funeral, for if she does her child will always sleep with

its eyes half open.