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the period

Posted in Uncategorized by Katharine on April 4, 2009

I was watching this TV show called “Tribal Wives” yesterday. Basically it’s a reality show about placing women from Britain, who are living with all the modern technology, into some tribes in rural area. They will be living in one of the host family for a month there.

So last night, a British lady from Ireland was staying in a tribe in Namibia. During the show, they talked about female’s period. I had been curious about how do women deal with that without tampons, which isn’t even that much of a comfortable option… I got an answer from the tribal ladies in Namibia.

They said during their period, they just stay away from everyone else, and spended most of their time behind the house (while the others were hanging out in front of the house). They don’t do anything with the period, and just let it flows until it dry out eventually.

……….Great.

Another question came into my mind. Besides the Namibia women, I’ve heard of other culture, where the female who’s having her period has to be isolated. I think it might be in Mongolia (not too sure), but the family all sleep in the same room/tent, and the girl who’s having her period has to sleep on the side facing the wall/tend, with her back towards her family. Is there anywhere on earth where they highly value the menstruation? Or at least see it as something sacred, blessed to have or something nice? I mean, without the women dealing with that every month, none of us would be existing now.

The following quote is awesome to describe this situation:

The Roman author Pliny in his Natural History (Book 7, chapter 13) states, “On the approach of a woman in this state [i.e., menses], wine will become sour, seeds which are touched by her will become sterile, grafts wither away, garden plants are parched up and the fruit will fall from the tree beneath which she sits.” In Book 28, chapter 23, he continues, “. . . bees, it is a well-known fact, will forsake their wives if touched by a menstruating woman . . . . fire itself, an element which triumphs over every other substance, is unable to conquer this.”

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