Description: Storks carry new-born babies to a household.
In Scandinavian households, mothers would explain the appearance of a new baby by telling their children tell a stork had brought it - and that before leaving the stork had bitten the mother's leg, requiring her to rest in bed. The Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson spread this idea to the world in the 19th Century.
Storks already had an reputation for caring well for baby storks. They were thought to live for many decades, and to return to the same nests each year. The nests were often built in chimneys, which afforded an opportunity for the speedy delivery of babies.
STORK BRINGING BABIES?
THE DAY THE STORKS WENT ON STRIKE . . . DHL DELIVERY . . .
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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