Josiah wrote asking for help with a rhyme you do while touching the parts of the face:
I have been on a quest for my mother to help identify a thing that my great grandma did with babies when she was holding them. After tons of Internet searching trying to find individual words i did a generic search for kid rhymes across the world. I stumbled across your site and immediately fell in love. You have things i forgot about and things i ever knew half of. After bookmarking your site for future parental needs, I scrolled through lots of languages searching for what i needed, but couldn’t find it. I searched through blogs until i gave up and decided to write you to see if you would respond or be able to help.
My great grandma was never forthcoming about her family history. We know she came to America very early in childhood (early 1900’s). We do not know the original language. I have written phonetically (the best i could) what she said as well as what she did. I believe the language is in the Western Germanic group, but can’t be positive. I would love to figure out where we are from, or get closer to the answer.
Badja- she would touch baby’s chin
Myla/myila (?)- she would touch baby’s mouth/lips
Begula/begula- she would touch each of baby’s cheeks
Nedja- she would touch baby’s nose
Eggla (?)/oogla- she would touch each of baby’s eyes/eyelids
Stenja- she would touch baby’s forehead
Soop soop da henja- she would run her fingers through baby’s hair/ over scalp
After hours online i have only found one other reference. It was a blog where the lady was reminiscing about her grandma. She said when she was a kid, her grandma would pinch her nose and say “soop soop da henja”, but there were no clues to language or origin. This also puts a wrench in gears of thinking any of the last part meant hair or head.
I’m sorry i was long winded, but i wanted to be thorough with all the information i could. Thank you for your time while reading this, and any response i may receive. Fingers crossed.
If anyone can help, please comment below.
Thanks in advance!
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