We thought that lullabies sounded the same, but they were quite learned. The ancient lullaby has magical powers.
Whether it is parents, family members or nanny, they are used to singing lullaby to make babies fall asleep. In the past, lullaby was an integral part of every child’s childhood. But is a lullaby really only as simple and simple as it sounds? According to the researchers, a lullaby is the first song that everyone hears in their lives, but its role is not only to make children sleep peacefully. In the long history of mankind, lullaby allows children to learn about the world around them, plays a role in enlightening, teaching, and warning children, and can even drive them away from evil.
Why do humans need a lullaby?
According to historical records, the oldest lullaby appeared in Babylon 4000 years ago. It was recorded on a small clay sign with the palm of the hand. It was written in cuneiform script. Now it is completely impossible to guess the lyrics. Researchers believe that the content of lullaby singing is not the main thing, but the melody and the mother tongue used are the key. Since ancient times, lullaby has always been a necessary way for adults and children to communicate.
Nowadays, fewer and fewer mothers sing lullaby for their children at night. Researchers conducted a survey of visitors to parenting websites, and the results showed that today’s parents like to listen to their children not lullabies, but pop songs, because many parents no longer sing lullabies. In addition, among the 2000 interviewees, 10%-13% believe that traditional lullaby is outdated and no longer necessary. But researchers believe that for thousands of years, children need to feel love, comfort and attention through lullabies. Lullabies are not simple songs, but a daily ritual that is extremely beneficial to children’s growth.
In the Himba tribe of Africa, the birth of a child is not the day when the mother gives birth, but the day when the mother’s mind forms a lullaby that belongs to her own child. If the women in the tribe want to give birth to offspring, they must stay away from the village alone, go to a secluded place, listen to lullabies day and night, and memorize the lyrics and rhythms, and return to the village a few days later and sing with the child’s future father to summon the child Come. A woman must listen to these songs constantly during her pregnancy, and all relatives and friends, including the midwife, must sing for her. These ballads became the best lullaby after the child was born.
Although singing lullabies for children is no longer a common phenomenon, there are still many children who cannot fall asleep without hearing them. Child psychologists believe that most mothers will choose one of the following three methods to coax their children to sleep.
The first method is called “silent boo”. The mother put the child in the crib and immediately turned and left, or sat or lay quietly next to her with a “hush” sound in her mouth. The second method is relatively common in our daily lives-“song method”. Mothers sing for their children, but it is usually no longer a special lullaby, but some popular songs. The third method is called “replacement method”. Mothers will use various methods to replace lullaby, for example, playing light music records, rocking cradles, playing TV, playing with toys. However, studies have shown that children can distinguish sounds within 24 weeks of their mother’s stomach. They can clearly distinguish the mother’s voice no matter where and under any circumstances, so no matter what kind of music can not replace the mother’s voice. In addition, the researchers also mentioned that even if the mother does not sing to the child, she can achieve a certain communication effect by talking to her frequently with a pleasant voice.
Lullaby has a soothing effect, can relieve children’s tension during the day, and teach them with positive lyrics content in the child’s subconscious mind. In addition, a single tune, repeated lyrics, and familiar voice all make the lullaby not only have a good hypnotic effect, but also promote memory.
Lullaby can not only soothe the child, its tune and beat are most harmonious with the human heart beat frequency, and it is most synchronized with the biological rhythm of the human sleep state.
Relevant studies have shown that lullaby can not only soothe the child, but its tune and beat are also in line with the heartbeat of the child during sleep. Lullaby affects the circadian rhythm of the brain, coordinates the rhythm of the body, and makes the child sleep quickly. In fact, a lullaby is the oldest language programming in the world, allowing children to subconsciously receive the information conveyed by the song.
Teaching children to learn their mother tongue is also an important function of lullaby. Professor Kewei Trewilson, a child psychologist at the University of Edinburgh, believes that lullabies are the best way to share new vocabulary with children and teach them to correctly recognize many new sounds. His research shows that lullabies can explore children’s musical talents and help children understand language characteristics. In addition, research data shows that children remember things more quickly when they are half asleep and half awake than when they are fully awake. Therefore, lullaby is a good way to learn new words.
Lullaby also has a positive effect on children’s thinking development. Studies have shown that what kind of lullaby a mother sings to a child, and how to sing it, will determine the child’s future temperament and personality characteristics.
In the first year of life, a child will maximize information from the world around him, and the lullaby has contributed to this. Many scholars believe that children’s dreams are significantly affected by the memory mechanism. The surrounding environment provides materials for children’s memories and can also awaken the “self-awareness code” in the children’s subconscious, thereby “release” the dreams they need. Children whose “password” is not activated may have difficulty adapting to social life in the future.
Therefore, experts recommend singing easy-to-understand songs to younger children. After a series of experiments, German researchers proved that folk lullabies are more comforting than those specially created by composers. After a child is one and a half years old, listening to the lyrics and lullaby with more complicated plots created by the composer can promote their imagination, develop language skills, and train memory.
In fact, a lullaby can create a comfortable psychological atmosphere for everyone. In other words, lullaby is also good for adults. Researchers have studied lullaby for decades not only to prove its benefits, but also to apply it in practice, for example, for medical purposes.
Ancient magical power
At first glance, the lullabies seem to be similar, but in fact they are not. Lullaby is divided into boys, girls, different age groups and nationalities. They all have their own characteristics and meanings. Zoe Palmer, a researcher at the Royal College of Medicine in the United Kingdom, said: “The pyramid of lullabies shows the safety factors of songs from suitable to unsung songs in a hierarchical order, and warns of dangerous behaviors when singing lullabies to lull sleep. ”
But there are also some strange lullabies that are not part of the pyramid theory. You should have heard the “Thriller Lullaby” that scares even adults. There have been thriller lullabies in many times. Because children at a certain age should be prepared for the dangers and sufferings they may encounter in the future. Authoritative experts in ancient British music believe that lullabies are not only for comforting and teaching children, but also for thrilling lullabies to help them anticipate danger and suffering and give them warnings.
In ancient times, if children kept crying and making noise, adults would sing a lullaby of cannibalism by demons or ghosts to scare them. For example, the ancient Kenyans often sang hyena cannibalism to crying children, and the ancient Russian lullaby also contains the story of the wolf cannibalism. The famous British lullaby “Baby Obedient” tells the story of a child falling from a tree. The story of falling down to death. However, this kind of lyrics cannot help sleep and cannot guarantee a child’s healthy sleep quality.
Then why sing these scary lullabies to children at night? Neuropsychologist Celin Goul Blas believes that singing this kind of lullaby to children is to drive away demons around them. This kind of strange lullaby comes from ancient superstition. In ancient times, many ballads and lullabies were of a similar style. They are not so much songs as they are spells used by the ancients to resist evil forces for children. This kind of lullaby is very similar to magic spells, with idiomatic imperative sentences, and the tune is similar to the special rhythm of mysterious spells.
Lullabies can teach children to learn their mother tongue, and children’s musical talents can also be activated by initially comprehending lullabies.
For centuries, infancy has been regarded as the most important period in human development. People take great care of children who are still in infancy. The adults in the family try their best to keep the children in a happy atmosphere during infancy. They noticed the shaking. Cradle and hum softly with a gentle rhythm can soothe babies and make them happier. Therefore, suitable lullabies for babies to sing and cradle beds for coaxing them to sleep came into being.
The ancients believed that a lullaby has great spiritual power. Modern research has also proved that a lullaby can make people quickly enter the state of wanting to sleep, and make people feel calm, happy and enjoy the spirit. The ancient lullaby was produced during the polytheistic period, so polytheistic figures such as sleep god, sleeping fairy and sandman often appear in ancient lullaby. According to Russian folk culture researcher Alexei Vidukhov, the god of sleep is a tired traveler in ancient lullabies, who can only fall asleep at the baby’s cradle. Sleeping fairy is a kind woman who hypnotizes children and kisses their foreheads. The Sandman is a stern protector who will soothe every well-behaved child. To this day, there are still many modern lullabies that retain these characters.
Is lullaby really magical? In ancient times, parents used lullabies to “talk” with their children and drive away poverty and suffering for their children, praying for a better life in the future. In many countries, people think that a lullaby is a baby’s amulet, a universal tranquilizer that can keep the baby peaceful, and can also protect the newborn from diseases.
The content of ancient lullaby often contains good wishes from parents to their children. Mothers usually make a wish in the lyrics: May their children’s dreams come true, grow strong, prosper in the future, and be healthy for a lifetime… Researcher Vladimir Annilin mentioned in his book “Folk Customs as Part of Ancient Culture”: “Usually The lullabies sung by ordinary people are lyrics longing for a prosperous life, but they are not pure expectations and desires. Lullabies have been considered to have the function of spells since ancient times.”
Without adults, children cannot protect themselves, nor can they recite prayers on their own, so lullaby has been regarded as an important amulet for children since ancient times. The ancients firmly believed that demons would kill children in their dreams, so they tried to dispel the evil forces in their dreams.
East Slavs often sang lullaby to drive away the devil Buga for their children. In fact, there are similar phenomena in the cultures of many nations. Buja is a demon who disturbs children at night. Place a wooden stick picked from the dense forest next to the child’s cradle and sing “baby, baby, don’t be afraid!” to drive it away.
On the other hand, singing a lullaby with demons can also play a role in “education of children”. Bougainvillea will appear when any child is disobedient and unwilling to fall asleep. In the lullaby, Buga often took a big bag and wandered around at night to catch children who did not want to fall asleep. Similar characters in the lullaby, as well as the “Cold Phantom”, he will catch the child in his attic deep in the forest. The attic deep in the forest symbolizes death in Slavic fables. Adults often use these lullabies to educate disobedient children.
The deterrence of ancient patriarchalism is also reflected in the lullaby. Many of the harsh and even scary images mentioned in lullabies are related to fathers. For example, the name of a demon in Turkish folk lullabies is pronounced very similar to the Turkish “father”.
The protection of children for a good night’s sleep was not only reflected in the lullaby, but also in many ceremonies when building cradles for newborns. They hang the cradle in front of the ceiling and put a cat in the child’s cradle first. Cats are believed to dispel the curse of evil spirits. Superstition believes that cats are the devil’s best friend, so you cannot bully the cat, otherwise it will wait for the opportunity to retaliate against its owner. If the cat runs into the baby’s cradle, it cannot be driven away. It can protect the child and the devil will treat them kindly together. At the same time, the meow sound of the cat can also comfort the child.
But when the mother sings a lullaby with the devil and evil spirits, she cannot call the child’s name. Many superstitious people believe that a child’s name should be kept secret for a long time after the child’s birth, because they believe that if the devil knows the child’s name, he will be summoned away. Therefore, people often use “cats”, “cats” and “cats” to refer to children lying in their cradles to confuse evil spirits.
Lullaby of Death
But there is another completely different lullaby for amulet-“Death Lullaby”. In many lullabies, the night is described as intertwined with dark and terrifying forces. These tunes are not only scary, but also full of grief and disappointment, and sometimes even completely resemble the cry of a funeral.
Researchers have not found a unified reason for the appearance of this lullaby. The versions are different around the world. Nowadays, a more unified version can be heard in some tribes in Africa and Oceania: In ancient times, the mother’s voice was considered to have a powerful voice. Magic power, songs sung by mothers can mislead evil forces. The lyrics have the opposite meaning, such as wishing people who go hunting “cannot get a feather”, that is, nothing. There are also those who want their children to die to convince the devil that their parents do not like their children, and the devil will not take their children away. Modern people sound that this may be a cruel and strange threat. In fact, this is their performance in cherishing their children.
There is also a speculation-the death lullaby is part of the ritual of the child’s arrival in the new world. Folk superstition believes that children are at the boundary between this world and the other world from birth to one year old, and they may be taken away by death at any time. Singing a lullaby for children has also become a mysterious ritual that summons children to return to this world.
Nowadays, such lullabies are a thing of the past, because no one wants to sing death-related songs for their children anymore.
Researchers have long been trying to prove that lullaby is good for health. Research in recent years has proved that the unique rhythm of lullaby can prevent children’s movement system and language system from disorders. Singing a lullaby for children can help them learn to speak quickly, are less likely to suffer from nerve twitches and stuttering, and their motor system is not easily damaged. Researchers also recommend that parents sing more lullaby to premature children, so that premature babies can grow and develop more quickly.
Research by the Russian Medical Institute shows that mothers singing lullabies for their children can alleviate toxic diseases of children and stabilize their emotions. Lullaby not only warms up the parent-child relationship, but also improves the baby’s circadian rhythm.
Lullaby is also good for adults. German medical scientists tested the effects of lullaby on patients. They believed that if the patient listened to the lullaby before surgery, the anesthesia dose could be reduced by at least 1/2.
Cheerful music can’t relieve the pain of melancholic people, and calm lullaby can change people’s emotional state like lullaby.
Although people are no longer accustomed to singing lullabies, mother’s tunes still play a role in social civilization like televisions and computers. We should not ignore the importance of this ancient form of communication between the adult world and the child world. Medically proven: Lullaby can prevent children from suffering from “attention deficit syndrome”, improve immunity, and enable children to adapt to society more easily and faster in the future.