⋒ ⋒The Original Birthing Caves⋒ ⋒
Women walked to the birth cave about three months before their baby was due to be born.
They were attended by other women, more experienced women. These midwives stayed with them. The birth cave was always chosen for it's sacredness, it was sheltered, close to fresh running water and abundant plants providing medicine and food.
They sat down in the cave.
They felt safe, protected from the elements.
The caves were usually sandstone and created millions of years ago by sand and water.
In Aboriginal culture the woman are revered.
They are the ones who carry life. They are the creator.
Mainly it is the mother who nurtures, she provides the patience, the nourishment for life and life itself.
81cm x 81cm
Framed in Raw Oak Timber
Acrylic on Canvas