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An ancient Roman deity named Levana was used in birthing ceremonies. According to Augustine, when a child is raised from the earth or ground, dea Levana is invoked.

Levana was most likely the deity in charge of the midwife’s swift lifting of the newborn. In ancient times, giving birth while crouching or kneeling was more typical, and the infant most likely came to rest on the ground before the umbilical chord was severed.


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