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Elephant Birth

I got this amazing link from the yahoo doula group. Even through video, the power is overwhelming. Or maybe it's just me, lol, but I got awfully choked up.

If you notice it, my favorite part is as she's just about to give birth and she's walking backwards, swinging, lifting her legs...and then all of the other elephants come and circle around her, offering their support and protection. Not just the females, but the whole tribe - that is how we should treat birth in our culture.



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Feb. 14th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing that. I have an elephant totem and she was looking over my shoulder the whole time, beaming proudly.

There really isn't a stronger female community than a herd of elephant cows, all related mothers and aunts and grandmothers. It's quite powerful.
Feb. 14th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Powerful indeed! I could totally feel it as I watched. Elephants have mad power. I've felt drawn to them for several years now, though I don't know much about them. I should busy out Animal Speak and learn. I keep meaning to make a Journey soon (Josh finally fixed my vacuum!) Maybe I should spend some time with her and learn her secrets.

And thanks for clearing me up on the tribe thing.
Feb. 14th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful! :0)
Feb. 14th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad others agreed.
Feb. 14th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
My favorite part is the embrace that the bull and cow shared befor the rest of the tribe rallied. thank you. i have dial up but the download time was worth it.
Feb. 14th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
lessthan90sheep tells me it was likely a herd of cows, as the adult men don't hang around that often. But the trunk-clasp and total love is astounding. I watched a video on Discovery or something once where a baby elephant died from dehydration, and the mom kept trying to get it up. It was so sad. The herd rallied around her then, too, and then they all stood together and actually *had a funeral*. Elephants are something special entirely. I think they have a lot of wisdom in there.
Feb. 14th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
"the adult men"

My elephant is amused. Careful how you talk about them, you'll turn into me. haha.

There is an enormous amount of wisdom in elephant magic. Not only the interplay and the bond between the females (who make up the herds), but also the relationships between the males, who live away from the herds but still hang out on occasion with each other. Elephants are so intelligent and emotionally sensitive that young elephant males will suffer from the lack of a father-figure in the exact same way that young men do (that is, they become violent delinquents); when a newly-mature young bull is forced to leave the herd of cows, he apprentices himself to an older male, follows him around, and learns what it means "to be a man" from his mentor-- who is likely not his genetic "father" (the elephant equivalent of the Big-Brother program) Quite fascinating.
Feb. 14th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
That was absolutely lovely. I'm all teary eyed now.
Feb. 14th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
I was too! Good, now I don't feel like such a goober.

Glad you liked it. :)
Feb. 14th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Just wow.
Feb. 15th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
It is pretty amazing. Have you ever seen birth before?
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
Not from an elephant, that's for sure.
What's with giving me and the missus the same reply?
Feb. 17th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
Feb. 18th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
Good thing you're not a cat.
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Wow! That was amazing. Definitely not something I ever thought I would see:)
Feb. 15th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
lol I'm just shooting you the same line I asked your old man
It is pretty amazing. Have you ever seen birth before?
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Only in the educational videos they show in school. I took Human Sexuality as a university psych course and we saw part of a birth video there as well. Nothing in person:) and definitely never an elephant!
Feb. 16th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Hm. Well depending on the video, those 'educational' things they show in school may not be the best introduction to birth. lol Many of them, and shows like Baby Story and it's knockoffs, really perpetuate a sad, medicalized view of birth. There are many good ones out there, though. I have no videos yet, but I definitely plan to grow a collection. :)
Feb. 16th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
They were definitely medicalized, very sterile hospital births.
Feb. 16th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Heh. Well no wonder you're a little scared! Hopefully hanging out with me will help out a little. :)
Feb. 16th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
(no "men" in that scene, males have "bachelor" heards until they're in heat)

That was amazing, but at the smae time REALLY pissed me off.... Those people were being TOTALLY dissrespectful. I could feel the heard trying to protect the mother/baby from the truck of people. Especially when the older cow put her foot behind the calf and pulled it back away from the crowd.... I was going to go to school in B.C for ethology..always pisses me off to see people get too close to animals while they are birthing..... Sorry to be such a sour puss!!!! It really was awesome, made Scott watch it...
Feb. 16th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, lessthan90sheep set me straight on the male/female dynamic. Although I'm still pretty sure some of the babies or adolescents had to be male. :P

It didn't piss me off at all. I thought that the people seemed suitably honored that they were given such a gift, and I was glad they had a camera and were able to share it. I did worry that they were a little too close, but at least they stayed out of the way. I watched it with my kids, and they were just fascinated. Very much a powerful learning experience. :)
May. 16th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Pentagon site was hacked.
Hack-group called "H0PL" just published video-log :)
Cool work!
May. 22nd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Uma Turman was killed!
Today in Los-Angeles. Horrible..
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