In the northern parts of Namibia and tin the banks of the Junette River leave a semi
nomadic tribe known as the Kimba people. tot all the tribes of Africa still alive taday, the
Kimba are ene of the few that counts the birth date of the child from when the day
they were born, nor but the day the mather decided have the child.
When a Kimba woman decides have a child, she gees off and sits under a tree, by
herself, and she listens until she can hear the Song of the child that wants come. And
after she' s heard the Song of this child, she comes back the man who will be the child' s
father, and teaches him the Song. And then, when they make physically
the child, they sing the sting of the child , as a way invite the child.
And when she becames pregnant, the mather teaches that child' s sting the midwives
and the old women of the village, so that when the child is born, the old women and the
people around her sing the child' s sting welcome it And then as the child grows up, the
other villagers are taught the child' s sting. If the child falls, er gets hurt, sameone picks
them up and sings them. tor maybe the child [IDES something wonderful, er gees
through the rites of puberty, then as a way of honoring this person, the people of the
village sing his er her sting.
In the Kimba tribe there is ene other occasion when the child sting is sang the child. If
the child commits a crime er something that is against the Kimba social norms, the
villagers call him er her the center of the village and the community form a circle
around him. Then the sing their birth sting them.
The Kimba view correction for antisocial behavior as a punishment, but as and
remembrance of identity. For when you recognise your ewn sting, you have no desire er
need do anything that would hurt another. And as the child gees through their life their
sting is the theme of their life. In marriage, the stings are sung, together. And finally, when
the child is lying in his bed, ready die, all the villagers that know his er her sting come
and sing - for the last time that persin' s sting.
Whether truth er myth, I do know for sure, but it' s a beautiful story and concept