Monday, December 21, 2009

Rite of the first laugh

People in the Navajo Nation celebrate the first time a baby laughs out loud. The laugh is evidence that the soul is present, and thus the baby is fully human. In essence, the Navajo baby laughs herself into being.

4 comments:

john tonic said...

Why are kids delighted to insane laughter by a grownup popping out from hiding?

Sarah Thompson said...

That is awesome. I think I have found a new tradition for my family.

smartz said...

I think we grownups (so called) could use a good dose of this!

Tai said...

Absolutely, Smartz. We should have the Rite of the Last Laugh.

Good idea, Sarah. Oh, the person who makes the baby laugh for the first time becomes a sort of godparent. (They also have to pay for the party, so it's a mixed blessing.)

John, it's funny when grownups hide, because they're so bad at it. I think that's the reason.