Children were revered as gifts entrusted not only to the parents, but to the whole village. Child-rearing was seen as cultivating the potential in the child. This was the responsibility of the parents and the village.
Babies were involved early in all community social activities and soon became used to the people and noises of the community. It was important that children had the opportunity to observe work being done and learn about what was happening on a daily basis. It is only natural that when old enough, the child would want to participate.
One belief was to prepare a cream, made from larva collected from rotting wood, and rub it over the child. While doing this, the adult applying the cream prayed over the child so that he would learn to work hard and fast with few errors. It was believed that this helped the child use common sense in all matters.
The child would learn through hearing and observing other members of his immediate and extended family. As he learned many people would see by his actions and behaviour that he was mature and responsible. He would learn to have friends of all ages and backgrounds. Through his determination he would succeed at anything he wanted to achieve.