Darkhanbo- Shaman-smiths

This is a specialized type of shaman. The darkhanbo makes and empowers shaman equipment that is made of metal. Metal toli mirrors, jingle cones, staffs and headdresses are some of the items that the smiths make. Darkhanbo are chosen by the spirits and have special initiations. The fires of their forges represent the gol, the hearth and they often use an anvil instead of a drum. Just as there are White and Black shamans, there are also White and Black darkhanbo. The metals they work with represent if they are White or Black (silver or iron).

Fire is the power of the shaman-smith and it is believed that they cannot be harmed by it. They are able to cure disease and have powerful protector spirits. Some darkhanbo can fly or become invisible.

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