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I was born a Caulbearer this is what i found out
04-28-2010, 07:27 AM
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I was born a Caulbearer this is what i found out
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What is a Caul?

The birth caul or veil is a full face mask which may be sometimes found covering the face of a child at birth. Such births are quite rare, and they hold special significance for the child born in such a manner. There are many stories and myths about the caul, many of them erroneous. This site is provided to give some insight to those who are born with a caul, and to further promote public knowledge of the phenomenon.
The correct name for those who are born with a caul is a Caulbearer. Such people are often referred to as being born behind the veil, as the caul is also referred to as the veil in many cultures, due to it being a face covering or mask.
It should be noted that Caulbearers may be male or female, and may come from any social class, racial or religious group. There are no geographical boundaries to the phenomenon. However, it has been observed that caul births do have tendencies to run in family bloodlines. Sometimes, but quite rarely, more than one member of a family, usually a parent and child, may be born with a caul.
It has been calculated that Caulbearer births may be as few as one in eighty thousand births. However, this does not necessarily mean that there will be one such birth in every eighty thousand births in a particular area.

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For other uses, see Caul (disambiguation).
A caul (Latin: Caput galeatum, literally, "head helmet") is a thin, filmy membrane, the amnion, that covers or partly covers the newborn mammal immediately after birth.
Contents [hide]
1 Obstetrics
2 Legend
3 Notable people and fictional characters "born in the caul"
4 References
5 External links
[edit]Obstetrics

To be "born in the caul" simply means a child is born with the amniotic sac or membrane still intact around the body. When a baby is born in the caul, the sac balloons out at birth, covering the baby's face and body as it emerges from the mother. The baby is in no danger of drowning, as it is still being fed nutrients and oxygen through the umbilical cord, and will not take its first breath until the face emerges from the fluid contained in the caul. The caul is harmless and is easily removed by the doctor or midwife. A child born in this way is known as a caulbearer.
Even though harmless, many care providers rupture the membranes artificially if they don't rupture spontaneously during labor. In some circumstances this is done with the goal of speeding the delivery process, especially in cases of stalled labor. In other cases, the membranes are ruptured out of convenience, habit, or to avoid a sudden rupture that may soak the doctor.
The positive myths associated with being born in the caul have a physiological basis, in that the baby is not exposed to potential infection until the membranes rupture. Thus being born in the caul carries an almost zero risk of neonatal infection being transmitted during the birth.[citation needed] Especially in the past before antibiotics, this would have radically[citation needed] increased the likelihood of a newborn surviving the first month.
Being born with or in a caul is rare, probably occurring in fewer than 1 in 1000 births, and it is usually present only in premature babies.[1]
Midwives are more likely to allow babies to be born in the caul. Some midwives believe allowing children to be born in the caul has spiritual significance; others simply think nature should be allowed to unfold as necessary, especially as there may be some physiological benefit to being born this way.
[edit]Legend


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In medieval times the appearance of a caul on a newborn baby was seen as a sign of good luck.[2] It was considered an omen that the child was destined for greatness. Gathering the caul onto paper was considered an important tradition of childbirth: the midwife would rub a sheet of paper across the baby's head and face, pressing the material of the caul onto the paper. The caul would then be presented to the mother, to be kept as an heirloom. Some Early Modern European traditions linked being born with the caul to the ability to defend fertility and the harvest against the forces of evil, particularly witches and sorcerers.[3]
Over the course of European history, a popular legend developed suggesting that possession of a baby's caul would give its bearer good luck and protect that person from death by drowning. Cauls were therefore highly prized by sailors. Medieval women often sold these cauls to sailors for large sums of money; a caul was regarded as a valuable talisman.[citation needed]
I was born with a caul, which was advertised for sale, in the newspapers, at the low price of fifteen guineas. Whether sea-going people were short of money about that time, or were short of faith and preferred cork jackets, I don't know; all I know is, that there was but one solitary bidding, and that was from an attorney connected with the bill-broking business, who offered two pounds in cash, and the balance in sherry, but declined to be guaranteed from drowning on any higher bargain. Consequently the advertisement was withdrawn at a dead loss ... and ten years afterwards, the caul was put up in a raffle down in our part of the country, to fifty members at half-a-crown a head, the winner to spend five shillings. I was present myself, and I remember to have felt quite uncomfortable and confused, at a part of myself being disposed of in that way. The caul was won, I recollect, by an old lady with a hand-basket.... It is a fact which will be long remembered as remarkable down there, that she was never drowned, but died triumphantly in bed, at ninety-two. (Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, published London 1850.)
In the film Oscar and Lucinda, Oscar is presented, by his estranged father, with the caul that was upon his head at birth. Oscar has a phobia of the ocean and of water in general, linked to the death of his mother when he was a child. He carries this caul with him until he dies, ironically, by drowning.
In the play Gypsy, Mama Rose tells Louise (Gypsy Rose Lee): "You were born with a caul. That means you got powers to read palms and tell fortunes - and wonderful things are gonna happen to you."
Other legends also developed. One popular legend went that a caulbearer would be able to see the future or have dreams that come to pass.
Negative associations with the birth caul are rare, but in several European countries a child being born with a caul was a sign that the child may become a vampire. As a preventative measure, the caul was removed before the child was able to eat any of it, and then it was destroyed.
In Croatian and Slovenian lore, a person born with a caul was destined to become either a Kudlak or a Kresnik. In other words, a person so destined to become a Kudlak would already begin a career of evil while still alive - his soul would leave his body at night in animal form and fly through the air to attack people or to magically do other harm to the community he lived in. When he died, he became an undead vampire who was then an even greater threat to the community. But if a person born with a caul became a Kresnik, he became a champion of the community. While he lived, his soul left his body in animal form at night to fight against both living and undead Kudlaks.
The most common portent of good luck in recent centuries is that the baby born with a caul will never drown, the second most common myth is from Scotland and that believes the child will be fey, or psychic. Another British meaning is that the child will travel its entire life and never tire.
Icelandic culture states a child born with a caul was thought to be special, and this means the child will go through life with a faery companion, a shadow familiar known as the Fylgiar. The Fylgiar serves this person, and it is believed that the person also serves the Fylgiar while asleep or when making deliberate astral projections. This faery can be heard in the home of such a person banging and knocking around. Their most disturbing quality is that they warn their human companions of their own deaths, at which time they can be seen. The condition of the Fylgiar at the time of the sighting indicates what sort of death it will be. A mauled faery means a nasty, painful death, while a peaceful one means a calm, painless death. The Fylgiar continues to live on after the human familiar dies, but it is believed that it accompanies its person to Valhalla, the Nordic Land of the Dead, where it remains until the human soul is comfortable and accepting of his or her demise.
Also an important myth hails from ancient Egypt, and that story claims the newborn baby is destined for the cult of Isis, again a mystically inclined fate.
Another myth associated with a caul is featured in the short story, The Scarlet Ibis. When the main character's brother, Doodle, is born in a caul his aunt states that cauls are made of Jesus' nightgown and everyone must respect Doodle as he may become a saint someday.
Also if twins are both born with cauls it meant that they are marked by an angel and their souls are shielded.
[edit]Notable people and fictional characters "born in the caul"


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King Zog of Albania
James Gordon Farrell, Irish author
Liberace - pianist, entertainer and performer
Sigmund Freud[4]
Sergei Pankejeff, Freud's Wolf-Man
Gheorghe Hagi, ex-football player and manager
Twin boys both named Bruno Frye from Dean Koontz's Whispers
Danny Torrance, fictional character from Stephen King's novel The Shining
David Copperfield from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield
Francie Nolan from Betty Smith's A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Alvin Junior from Orson Scott Card's The Tales of Alvin Maker series
The poet George Gordon, Lord Byron
Taliesin, from Taliesin, Stephen R. Lawhead's first book of the Pendragon Cycle
Doodle, from The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst
Napoleon Bonaparte
Milkman from Song of Solomon
Musician Ian McKaye
Twin Niles Perry from The Other by Tom Tryon.
Edwin Booth
Vee Talbott from Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending was born in the caul for which she holds responsible for her visions
Marie Laveau, New Orleans Voodooienne, from "VooDoo Dreams" by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Dora Rare from Ami McKay's "The Birth House"
Peder Seier (Victorious) Hansen from O.E. Rolvaag's Giants in the Earth
Watley from SOS Titanic by Eve Bunting
Arn Magnusson from The Road to Jerusalem by Jan Guillou
Nancy Wake
John Minihane (aka Aquaman)

[edit]References

^ Medical College of Wisconsin
^ http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/st...21,00.html
^ The story of these so-called benandanti is recounted in Carlo Ginzburg's study The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.
^ D.P. Morgalis, Freud and his Mother
[edit]External links

"Caul, or Face Veil, Occasionally Present at Birth"
Folklore of the Isle of Man, Ch. 8

In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

As a reputed atheist, the reverential nature of his film was surprising, but Pasolini himself said &If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.&


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04-28-2010, 09:56 AM
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04-28-2010, 04:26 PM
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My official lab papers are smudged. I'll get back to you.
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04-28-2010, 06:54 PM
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(04-28-2010 01:30 PM)iC1 Wrote:  I was born a human being.

At least thats what you think LOL!

In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

As a reputed atheist, the reverential nature of his film was surprising, but Pasolini himself said &If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.&


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04-30-2010, 03:06 AM
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you already stated that that is what you thought.. Smile
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04-30-2010, 04:23 AM
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Yetis are almost always born with a caul.

I wasn't.

FAIL.

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(04-30-2010 04:25 AM)nik Wrote:  rep -1

I can take it, 'cause I got rep to spare, ya baldy!

BTW, yetis prize caulless babies - they are seen as visionaries...

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(04-29-2010 09:06 PM)iC1 Wrote:  How would you know what I think ? You wouldnt lol Smile

(04-30-2010 03:06 AM)nik Wrote:  you already stated that that is what you thought.. Smile

Ha he got you LOL!

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As a reputed atheist, the reverential nature of his film was surprising, but Pasolini himself said &If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.&


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05-12-2010, 12:17 AM
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(05-03-2010 03:46 AM)iC1 Wrote:  Angry
just kidding

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I could have carried it on Tongue but theres enough games in the world as it is Smile

unfortunately mostly just cluedo, monopoly and trivial pursuits. Games are good though. There is too much bombing (dive, precision AND carpet)and not enough laughter.

they think they have won, it's almost all sewn up but they don't know shit. We win our freedom.

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03-24-2012, 02:07 PM
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Hi Weyland....I just wanted to pop in and post an update on the caul and what it really means to be a caul bearer. Unfortunately what you found out to verify the caul is only an advertisement for a cult, which saddens me. Caul bearers deserve better.

My name is Shannon Lee Wolf, and I am the founder of Caul Bearers United - Lifting the Veil. I launched my site in order to educate the public on the authentic history, traits, and definition of the caul and caul bearers. I represent no cult or any other type of leadership and my site is free to browse; and my forums are free for caul bearers only to join.

Hope to see you there!

Blessings,
Shannon Lee Wolf
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