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Mafa metallurgy

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Two of them will need to procure charcoal, another will collect the black iron sand (magnetite) found along dry creeks, another will take clay from inhabited termite-ant mounds to use as mortar to build the furnace’s tuyére (wind-tube) and crucible, and finally, the priest blacksmith will go to the bush to pick the herbs and tubers that are added to the mortar to make it heat resistant. He will also consult the tribe’s oracle, who forecasts the success of the fusion by reading the movements of a crab