Tamari Caste Systems

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Jennifer Smith Tamari Article Response Prof. Traore February 21 st , 2011 The caste systems of West Africa are drawn from many different sources, and play an integral role in the operation of the societies within the region. The argument that Tamari presents of the formation of the caste system in societies of West Africa is multilayered and well- explained. He notes that medieval Arabic sources, chronicles, and European traveler’s accounts help to piece together the origin of this system. These castes serve to distinguish different artisan and musician groups within the societies of West Africa, and to create an internal hierarchy to which many adhere. They separate the freeborn “nobles” from those who work; the blacksmiths, bards, woodworkers, and others. The castes served as a form of informal hierarchy amongst the peoples of West Africa, and served to maintain order in the populace. The many facets of this system are incredibly hard to distinguish as professions such as
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