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Last update June 1, 2020

They make a medicine for the first con- caption. A woman comes to help and, after the child is born, they give two calabashes to small children, who knock them seven times. They bury the placenta outside and the woman washes there for seven days. As soon as the cord falls they mark the child with, black stuff and take it into the open air. When it is five months old the mother cuts its hair; a name is given by the father, or by anyone else who is present at the birth, on the day of the birth.

A  child’s milk teeth are thrown on the roof; it is unlucky for children to be born with teeth; all spat when I  mentioned the subject and denied that children born in Okpe had teeth till some time after they had come into the world.”

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