European discoveries in prenatal ethnology
and archeology of the mind
parental responsibility, prenatal
answers, European caretaking of the unborn
On ne connaît que les choses que lon apprivoise,
tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé,
Fedor-Freybergh once quoted in an editorial Saint-Exupéry.
I remember Gupta quoting an old Indian physician on responsibility
of the parents: The somatic and mental characteristics
of the child are predetermined. Valor, health, constitution,
and intellect develop in the intrauterine child due to the physiological
and spiritual harmony of his parents. The responsibility
is not finished by medical observations or help to make the
child become intelligent. I try to bring together some of the
many ideas on prenatal life which grew during decenniums in
Europe to blossom in sudden or quiet revelations and which are
due to functions of the new being and the threefold or manyfold
way behind him and his parents.
This paper was presented at the 12th
Congress of the International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal
Psychology and Medicine: Conscious Birth - The Experience of
a Lifetime. London, Sept. 1115, 1998.
First published in the International
Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology & Medicine
(1998) 10: 429437.