All the villagers were taught from a young age that makuta was a villain and ekimu was there savior to protect them when he is awoken. That was until the skull spiders attacked. the protectors decided to convene in the sacred temple of time to decide what to do about there attacks and almost agreed to summon the toa.
Against Makuta's warnings, against his brothers hatred of outsiders, most just took it as the ravings of a madman, nobody ever respected makuta, when ekimu was killed the protectors learned of a prophecy , THE PROPHECY OF HEROES, taught by them by there master gre-fa the elemental creator in times of tragedy and darkness to call upon them but in his weakened state. Ekimu spoke the prophecy to the protectors for them to now summon the toa.