What is Mother ?
What is Mother? This is a question most of us would have never thought about as we take our mother for granted. She has been there always to take care of us. Speaking of definitions of mother, there is ample number of definitions expressing closely associated thoughts on the question what is mother?
Biologically mother is a female person, whose egg unites with a sperm, resulting in the conception of a child. A mother is the biological and/or social female parent of an offspring. In the case of a mammal such as a human, the mother gestates her child, which is called first an embryo, and then a fetus. This gestation occurs in the mother's uterus from conception until the fetus is sufficiently developed to be born. The mother then goes into labor and gives birth. Once the child is born, the mother produces milk in a process called lactation to feed the child.
What is mother: Technical definitions
To the question "what is mother" there are many technical definitions. One definition says that mother is a woman who has given birth to a child. Another technical definition says that a mother is the natural or social female parent of an offspring. Mother is the woman to whom one was born. A female person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child is called as a “would be mother” or a mother to the new born respectively.
What is mother: Adoption of the child
It is not always necessary that somebody can only become mother if she has biologically given birth to an offspring. A woman who adopts and raises a child is more than a mother to that child. In animal kingdom also mother is referred to the female parent of an animal.
What is mother: Sacred relationship
Mother is a term or a relationship which carries lot of respect and is closely associated with birth, nurturing, love, compassion, empathy and forgiveness. That’s why yin polarity, magnetic and nurturing, healer, mediator, soul of the world are all various connotations symbolized by mother. Further mother is also referred to one’s female ancestor, a woman who holds a position of authority and responsibility, a title for women respected for her wisdom and age and women who creates, originates or founds something.
Mother is also given as a symbol to a creative source, an origin and emotions like maternal love and tenderness, compassion, empathy and nurturing.
Familiar or colloquial terms for “what is mother” in English are:
1. Mum or mummy, is used in the UK & parts of Canada (especially Eastern Canada), Australia, and New Zealand; and also in some parts of Western Pennsylvania.
What is mother: Legendary Mothers and Mother related topics
Some of the Legendary & mythological mothers are Bithiah, Gaia, Hagar , Isis , Jocasta mother of Oedipus important in Freudian psychology, Juno, Queen Maya , Euripides' Medea , Venus and Demeter
Mother is also attached to various topics related to Mary, Attachment parenting, Breastfeeding, Jungian archetypes, Lactation, Matriarch, Matricide, Mother Goose, Matrilocality, Mother insult, Mother's Day, Mothers rights, Nuclear family, Oedipus complex, Parenting, Psychological bond, Mother ship ,Mother goddess, Mother Superior or Abbess
What is Mother: Reverence of Mother and Motherhood
1. In many societies and culture God is often compared to a mother, and is worshipped in the form of the Divine Mother.
After all the definitions and expression of thoughts on “what is Mother” I still feel that "what is mother" is a question that cannot be answered satisfactorily by words and one has to experience the love, nurturing, compassion and empathy of a mother at a personal level to know what is mother. That is the glory of the mother and that is "what is mother".
Article by Sanjay Nair
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