Parental and Other Caretaker Roles

Parental roles are partly defined by the "production" of a child, that is, the contribution of semen which the Mehinako believe will form the fetus. The transformation or "passage" of life is not looked upon as something "natural" but as a process that is closely linked to the "right" behavior of the couple. In the first months both parents engage in the rearing of the newborn child. Later, brothers and sisters, as well as the closest (mainly maternal) kin, living in the same maloca participate in the socializing of the child. The ideal for both boys and girls is a well-balanced person who does not exhibit extreme behavior or temperament.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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