chapter  IV
Childhood and Puberty
ByBronislaw Stefaniszyn
Pages 25

Some women go to the bush to have their child. They do not like the noise and the bustle of the village. Normally, however, child-bearing is in the hut and women go outside the village only if their former deliveries have been difficult. A difficult labour, it is believed, may be caused in two ways: either one of the spouses strayed sexually while the wife was pregnant, or else an ancestral shade or shades have entered the womb and by making an obstruction claim that the child must be named after one of them. A difficult labour, it is believed, may be caused in two ways: either one of the spouses strayed sexually while the wife was pregnant, or else an ancestral shade or shades have entered the womb and by making an obstruction claim that the child must be named after one of them.