Article Number: DRJSSES16581685

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26765/DRJSSES16581685

ISSN: 2449-0806

Vol. 7 (7), pp. 220-225, December 2020

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Review

Social Status of the Blacksmith in the Mberi Country in southern Chad

Clison NANGKARA


Abstract

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


 Received: December 2, 2020  Accepted: December 24, 2020  Published: December 30, 2020

Nangkara


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