Hatchi Bombatchi, Your Mother Is A Sheep

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19971228

Marina Warner explores the role of lullabies in the psychological drama of motherhood and childhood both in the past and the present.

Lullabies are sung the world over.

Across cultures, they share many characteristics such as surprisingly mournful melodies and lyrics more likely to terrify than to soothe.

They are increasingly understood to aid the development of the language and imagination of babies, but they have been studied very little.