Forging of Israel Iron Technology Symbol: Iron Technology, by Paula McNutt

By Paula McNutt

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This is why the sacrificer in the worship of the guardian spirit of water must belong to a family whose ancestors are smiths descended from heaven. The primordial smith is said to have collaborated in creation by serving as Faro's intermediary and introducing agriculture to humans. He descended from the sky in an ark, holding in his hand a 'mass' containing the eight cereal grains. The celestial ironsmith is also the most important of Faro's auxiliaries, who participate in his ongoing maintenance of cosmic order, acting as a kind of 'secretary' (Dieterlen, 1960:75).

He descended from the sky in an ark, holding in his hand a 'mass' containing the eight cereal grains. The celestial ironsmith is also the most important of Faro's auxiliaries, who participate in his ongoing maintenance of cosmic order, acting as a kind of 'secretary' (Dieterlen, 1960:75). The ironsmith's forge and the tools of his trade are also attributed mythological significance, as well as sexual characteristics, among the Bambara (see Dieterlen, 1960:161-66). The forge, for example, is conceived as a living being surrounded by taboos aimed at protecting its material and spiritual integrity.

1 In the dual MawuLisa, Mawu, associated with the moon, is female, and Lisa, associated with the sun, is male. Sometimes their relationship is expressed by the concept of an androgynous, self-fertilizing being. Their dual nature is said to express the complementary forces activated in the world.

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