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Family Tidbits


Family Tidbits

Family is extremely important to most Liberians. The nuclear family in a Liberian home consists of the father, his wife (or wives in polygamous homes), and their children.

The extended family consists of all the relatives. Liberians believe in having plenty of children, and usually really close together in age. This is decreasing though because of the economic problems.

Most extended Liberian families are called "uncle, aunt, cousin, mother, father, grandmother" (depending on age, and gender of course). Some of these terms are very loosely used. Your mom's brother, her cousin, her second cousin, their cousin, would all be called your 'uncle'. In most families, there is a strong family bond, and the phrase "blood is thicker than water" has a deep meaning.

In muslim cultures, for a variety of reasons, a child is named on the 8th day (the birth-day is the 1st day, so the 8th day is exactly a week later) of their life. A whole 'naming ceremony' usually accompanies this.

Though this is also changing, most men are raised with the expectation that someday they will have a wife (or wives) to take care of them, and most women are raised with the expectation that someday they will have a husband and children to take care of. So, the standards for raising them can differ in some households.

(As with any part of this site, if you are very knowledgeable in any area, feel free to help us out.)











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