The custom of the couvade may therefore perhaps be assigned to the early patriarchal stage.
couvade, the, among the Indians of South America, 152 et seq.
Those who would know more may consult an Encyclopaedia, under the heading ‘couvade.’
Either origin of the couvade is consistent with early beliefs and customs.
The couvade in which the husband pretends to lie in, while his wife is really doing so.
It is curious that in India itself so few actual instances of the couvade have been discovered.
Sir John Lubbock would account for the curious and widely spread custom of the couvade as a feature of this change.
The following legend is current among the Koramas, to explain the practice of the couvade among them.
I refer to the custom of so-called father-confinement or 'couvade.'
The custom of the couvade, attributed by Strabo to the Cantabri, is unknown among the modern Basques.
couvade cou·vade (kōō-väd')
A practice in certain non-Western cultures in which the husband of a woman in labor takes to his bed as though he were bearing the child.