The rites and beliefs of the population are the result of the mix of cultures and traditions of the populations who formed the Taneka or Tangba, each of which has brought its baggage of rituals and spirituality; they are guarded and handed down by the dignitaries, magical figures with mighty spiritual powers and traditional healers.
Some rituals concern death and funeral for example when a family leader dies, his body is buried inside the hut belonging to him; later, the first-born returns to live at his father's hut to give continuity to the tradition, counting on the spirit of his ancestor.
If it is the king to pass to a better life, all his wives must return to their original homes, but his death is kept secret until the king is buried. At that point, the event is communicated to the village through the sound of a drum.
This ritual is practiced because the Tangba have a taboo that only the closest relatives can see the body of the deceased king; while, after the burial, the funeral ceremonies can be celebrated in honor of the king, these rituals foresee the sacrifice of many oxen.
Another belief or taboo states that the dignitaries feticheurs cannot wear clothing except for a few pieces of goatskin, they cannot drink alcohol and eat anything that has not been prepared at the village.
The dignitaries, guardians of the spirituality of the community, usually cannot leave the village and, if it is necessary to do so, they must carry the food with them and bring back their feces to the village; this belief is based on the fact that the dignitary is closely tied to the land and fate of the village, his departure would put at risk the fertility of the earth and of the Taneka women.
In the Taneka or Tangba society, there are passage rituals, an individual's life is marked by steps that take place every five years, at the end of five years there is a feast that is celebrated by sacrificing livestock.
Of all the rites of passage two are the most important, the first is related to the circumcision which is practiced in adulthood, a courage trial to be addressed without giving any groan, penalty the shame of the whole family; the second fundamental rite is a ritual of purification that takes place every five years and that calls to the village all the families who have left to cultivate the fields, during the ceremony every family must sacrifice an ox, who does not bring an ox in sacrifice is affixed like a laxer who cannot earn enough to afford an ox.
The flesh of the oxen is then redistributed among the population; the elderly and the spiritual dignitaries receive the best cuts.
Singular is also the marriage-related ritual: the groom's parents go to the bride's family to tell them that they have "kidnapped" their daughter.
If the bride's family accepts this wedding proposal, the future groom will have to spend a while working in the fields of what will become his father-in-law; besides working in the fields, the groom must also bring gifts to be sacrificed, usually chickens, eggs and sorghum.
Before they can actually say they are married, the spouses have to take other steps, the girl, after the first night spent in her husband's home, must flee and return to her parents' home; only after three days her husband starts searching for his bride, bringing her home.
The next morning if the girl goes to collect the water, the wood and sweeps the yard, signing with her ritual her marriage; from that moment she remains in her husband's house forever taking care of him.
An exception is made for the period of the first pregnancy, during which the girl returns to her mother's home to get help to give birth and to learn how to take care of the child, it would be a disgrace for her to be seen by the parents of the groom as inexperienced.