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Stork and Baby
Transcript of Stork and Baby
Hans Christian Andersen
His story is what popularized and made the legend of the stork and baby famous.
In the legend, little boys are making fun of storks.
The storks reply by sending a dead baby to the family of the boy who started the chants.
33-45 inch body length
Approximately 5-6 foot wing span
In Egyptian mythology, the soul of a person (the Ba) was usually represented by a stork with a human head. The return of a stork meant the return of the soul, at which point the person could become animated again. The Egyptians linked the migratory behavior of the stork to the soul's departure from and return to a sleeping human(which took 9 months).
In Norse mythology, the stork represented family values and commitment to one another.
In Greek mythology, it is said that Hera turned her enemy into a stork, and to get back at Hera, the stork-woman tried to steal Hera's son.
In Germany there is a popular story that babies were found in caves called Adeborsteines, which translates to "stork stone". Adeborsteines can also refer to stones that babies would "hatch" from. Kids would throw theses stones over their heads to let the stork know that wanted a sibling.
Why has this story stayed?
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In Europe, storks could be seen flying south during Fall and than returning 9 months later. They're typically seen heading north around March or April. Babies born around that time were typically conceived in mid June of the year before. Around the time of Midsummer's Eve which is a Pagan holiday of marriage and fertility, many babies would be born. At that time the storks could be seen flying north, which brought about the story that "the stork brought the baby".
The legend of the stork bringing babies to homes has stayed with the human race because of society's taboo on sex.
It is easier to tell young children this legend than to tell them that they are either too young to know the truth or tell them where babies really come from.