After documenting the birth of their daughter on Twitter, [artist id="872"]Erykah Badu[/artist] and longtime boyfriend Jay Electronica also used the social-networking site to announced the baby's name: Mars Merkaba.
An earlier post had explained that "her eyes are looking right into mine. She struggles to focus. So much [heart shape] in her. I wonder where she just came from. I mean ... her spirit."
Badu, who has two children from previous relationships named Seven Sirius (with Outkast's Andre 3000) and Puma Rose Sabti (with rapper the D.O.C.), did not explain the origin of the name. According to Crystalinks.com, the word Merkaba refers to a "divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masers to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms." The vehicle is described as a kind of three-dimensional Star of David that "transports spirit/body from one dimension to another." In the Bible, the Merkabah is described as a chariot made of angels with four wings and four faces that represent the four directions and take the form of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle.
While many artists have begun using Twitter to make announcements about their careers, Electronica and Badu might be the first on record to use it to chronicle a birth. As the labor began, Electronica wrote, "Everybody stand back. No hospitals, No doctors. No medicine. We're waiting for the midwife to show."