|PreConception Cultural Roots & Traditions
Elizabeth Carman Ph.D
& Neil Carman Ph.D
(excerpts from their book Cosmic Cradle)
Communications with the unborn may be as old as human life itself. Since time
immemorial, children's souls have been announcing from a heavenly abode their
pending arrivals months, even years in advance.
A wealth of sacred literature, ethnological, psycho/spiritual research, and related
scholarly works record communications with the child's soul, lucid pre-conception
dreams, and visions of angelic messengers. Pre-conception visions of angels, for
example, within the Judeo-Christian tradition, announced the pending births of the
Virgin Mary, Saint David, and Jesus Christ.
Pre-conception communications surface from around the world, including United States,
Canada, Africa, Egypt, Israel, India, Tibet, Japan, China, Korea, Persia, Italy, Greece,
Ireland, Wales, Polynesia, Native American peoples, and Australian Aborigines.
A sampling from a wide variety of cultural contexts illustrates how parents are
connected with the incoming soul before conception.
Australian Aborigines -- Every baby must be dreamed by its father before it comes
into the world, and this dream baby is called ngargalula.
Trobriander Islanders -- She [the woman about to become pregnant] sees the face of
her departed mother in a dream. She wakes up and says, "O, there is a child for me."
Jewish Kabbalah -- The creation of human life begins with the parent's cognition of a
child's soul-image (tzelem). If this model of the baby's body does not descend over the
nuptial bed, sexual intercourse does not lead to conception.
Aboriginal peoples of Australia, a territory slightly larger than the U.S., had unique
economic, political, social, and linguistic characteristics. At the same time, they shared
one extraordinary belief: conceiving a child is founded in a spiritual event - a
"spirit-child" selects his parents and this event enables biology to take its course.
A Forrest River Aborigine, as a prime example, dreams of a spirit-child playing with his
spears or with his wife's paper bark; the husband thrusts the spirit-child towards his wife
and it enters by her foot. Conception then proceeds into pregnancy (except in certain
cases where conception occurs several years later).
The term "spirit-child" roughly equates with the Western concept of the soul. Aside
from that similarity, the Aboriginal pre-conception paradigm contrasts with science's
understanding of pregnancy. The first anthropologists to hear Aboriginal
pre-conception reports assumed that the spirit-child pre-empted the role of male sperm,
and labelled this notion "the most elementary belief concerning the genesis of the