When a baby is born, the initiation traditions very much revolve around the Nile River. During the week of festivities, the mother sits by the river to wash her newborn from the waters of the sacred river and gives him/her to drink, in order for it to be the first think the baby tastes, while other women gather to sing traditional Nubian tunes, and one woman sprays the ‘Pelsa’ (grains and salts) over the river. The tradition of the ‘Pelsa’ can be tracked back to the Ancient Egyptians, as an omen to the river for the newborn child but also as a means to keep away envy and request the river’s blessings.
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