University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Alma Gottlieb

Babies as Ancestors, Babies as Spirits

The Culture of Infancy in West Africa

By: Alma Gottlieb

Old Souls One Day I was sitting in the shaded compound of a Beng village in the West African rain forest, playing “This Little Piggy” with the toes of six-month-old Amwe. As the last little piggy went home, I laughed aloud at myself. The baby could not possibly understand the words of the nursery rhyme, […]