Bizarre But True;The African Child Conceived With Songs
1 July 2020 Blog
There is a tribe in Africa, The Himba in Namibia where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come. And after she’s heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the child’s father, and teaches it to him. And then, when they make love to physically conceive the child, some of that time they sing the song of the child, as a way to invite it.
When the mother conceives she teaches the song to the midwives who will welcome the child to the world with the song on the day it is born
The villagers too soon learn the song and sing to the child as he grows especially to soothe him when he cries or to praise him when he does something worthy
Another opportunity the villagers sing to the child is if at anytime the child is guilty of an offense.The tribe recognizes that correction of antisocial behavior is not achieved through punishment , It is by love and a reminder of identity . Who you are with your special song,So at such times the community will form a circle round the child and sing his song to him
Similarly when this child is to be married, or has grown old and ready to pass on, this same song will be sung