Birth is perceived as a threshold, a milestone, and is best described as passing from one stage to another and from one status to another. This article aims to present the customs regarding the birth of a child, as they were preserved in the Banat folk mentality: the origin of the midwife and her role as mediator, the belief in the unfailing destiny foreseen by the book of fate, the rite of the first bath having a huge importance for the future of the child and a series of magic and religious acts meant to ward off the Evil forces that intend to harm the child and to restore the balance.
At birth, everybody is assigned a fate that cannot be changed. In the Banat region, the belief in the powerful influence of the Fairy Godmothers on the new-born’s destiny is still alive. This article aims at presenting the origins of the three fairies and the way in which good luck, health, beauty and fertility can be foretold in the Book of Fate.