Article Number: DRJSSES16581685
Vol. 7 (7), pp. 220-225, December 2020
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Social Status of the Blacksmith in the Mberi Country in southern Chad
The Mberi are a subgroup of the Mouroum ethnic group who live in the Department of Pendé in Logone Oriental in Chad. Within this community, we meet blacksmiths from Baguirmi who, by virtue of their status, are considered as feared and respected magicians. Their role initially consists of making tools for various economic, social, and cultural activities. The sacredness of their workshop and the mystical origin of their know-how make them priests. Prohibitions are instituted to protect the forge and the blacksmith. The retributions obtained constitute a fairly large fortune making him a rich man within his community to which he renders countless services.
Keywords: Mberi, iron, forge, blacksmith, company