Ho Thi Thuy, 24, of Phuoc Loc Commune in the province’s Phuoc Son District met a man in 2018 and the two planned to get married. But she became pregnant before the wedding could be held.The Gie Trieng consider getting pregnant before marriage “very unlucky” and something that “brings bad things to the villagers.”As was their custom, Thuy was not allowed to deliver within the village. Women in such a situation had to go to the edge of the forest to have their baby. But Thuy went to the Phuoc Son District Health Center for the delivery.She was discharged five days later, but her exile did not end there since she could not enter the village for 10 days.Her husband was waiting at the village entrance to welcome them and take them to the edge of the forest. He had put up a small tent and a temporary bed made from wooden planks.He helped out with the cooking and washed their clothes since no villager could get close to mother or child during the 10 days and until the family bought a pig weighing at least 10 kilograms and offered to the village as repentance.”I knew it was not good for me or my child and… Read full this story
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