Thursday, August 9, 2012


Many Chamorros believe that when adults find a baby na' magoddai, giving them the irresitible urge to pinch, smell, touch or hold the baby, parents better let them do it, or else the baby will get sick.  The adult's disappointment in not being allowed to express their affection for the baby creates bad feelings which will flow towards the infant and make it ill.

Not everyone subscribes to this belief, as seen with Tan Esco.  She thinks some people go too far and physically abuse the baby.  She tells of one lady who saw her baby daughter Linda in church and wanted to pinch Linda, and Tan Esco scolded her.  Linda didn't get sick.

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