Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 11

Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 11

HYMN XI
A charm to be used at child-birth

1 Vashat to thee. O Pūshan At this birth let Aryaman the Sage
perform as Hotar-priest, p. a12
As one who bears in season let this dame be ready to bring forth
her child.

2 Four are the regions of the sky, and four the regions of the
earth:
The Gods have brought the babe; let them prepare the woman
for the birth.

3 Puerpera (infatem) detegat: nos uterum aperimus. Lexa teipsam,
puerpera. Tu, parturiens! emitte eum non carni, non adipi,
non medullae adhāerntem.

4 Descendat viscosa placenta, cani, comedenda placenta; decidat
placenta.

5 Diffindo tuum urinae ductum, diffindo vaginam, diffindo inguina.
Matrem natumque divido, puerum a placenta divido: decidat
placenta.

6 Sicut ventus, sicut mens, sicut alites volant, sic, decem mensium
puer, cum placenta descende: descendat placenta.