Birth is the beginning of a great transformation process in terms of culture rather than just being born biologically. This transition phase brings along many cultural practices within the context of the facts that women assume the role of motherhood and men the paternity, the first concrete evidence of being a family has come into the World and parents’ social and psychological lives are focused on it. Although these practices are being gradually forgotten with the developments of being a modern society, there are still practices that continue to exist in rural areas. The birth process which is the starting phase of the transitional traditions which we express as birth, marriage and death traditions draws attention especially with practices on evil eye and magic. This process which starts with the estimations made to determine the sex of the child during pregnancy continues with the child’s tooth extraction, speech and walking. This study aims to evaluate the cultural values that have survived until today or have been forgetten comparing to other studies conducted in the region through being based on the traditions related to the birth and growth published in Turkish Mediterranean Journal which started its publication like in Antalya in 1937. The data obtained from the content of Turkish Mediterranean Journal are classified under three headings; they are discussed under the headings of rituals applied before, during and after birth. These scans and comparisons made in the name of birth and child rearing aim to transfer the practices that still exist in traditional folk culture to future generations.
Birth, Traditions of Transition Period, Child, Beliefs, Turkish Mediterranean Journal