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Family & Child Raising


The children of the Inca tribe were forced to grow up fast. They Inca relied on the help of the children to do chores. The children would help their mother's with the cleaning and tending to the farms and animals. 
After a woman gave birth to their child, the infant would be washed in cold water given back to the mother in a blanket. When the mother could not attend to the child she would put it in what we would consider a playpen. This was merely a dug out pit in the ground.
After a year the baby was expected to be able to crawl and walk by themselves. After two years, the tribe would have a naming ceremony. This represented the baby entering childhood.
At this age the children would begin their chores, assuming they could walk. Inca children learned what they had to by watching their parents and neighbors. They learned their history through poems and stories.
Boys we initiated into manhood at 14 years old. They would discard their child clothes in exchange for a loincloth, marking their adult age. Noble families would put their boys through endurance and knowledge tests. Once the boy passed the test they would receive different color of earplugs depending on their status in society. They also received their first weapon
The Inca girls were initiated into womanhood once they started to menstruate. Girls and boys would recieve their permanent adult name during these initiation ceremonies. They would receive their full adulthood status when they start a family and pay taxes.