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Takoba (also takuba or takouba) is the sword that is used across the western Sahel and among ethnic groups such as the Tuareg, the Hausa, the Fulani. It usually measures about one meter in length. Takoba blades are straight and double edged with a pronounced tapering towards the tip; they can exhibit several notable features, including three or more hand-ground fuller grooves and a rounded point. Traditionally a Tuareg weapon, it is also used among other peoples Hausa and the Fulani. Takoba were also commonly manufactured in Hausa city states such as Kano.

Since the Tuareg have an aversion to touching iron, the takoba's hilt, like many iron implements, is fully covered. Typically the simple but deep crossguard is of iron sheet, or iron-framed wood, covered in tooled leather, occasionally it is sheathed in brass or silver; the grip is also often leather-covered but the pommel is always of metal, often, brass or copper, sometimes iron or silver. Alternatively the whole hilt can be covered in brass or silver sheathing. The scabbard is made of elaborately-tooled leather. Geographical variations in the form of the hilt have been noted, but no rigorous typology has been established. Variations in the quality of blade and fittings on takobas probably mostly reflect the wealth of their owners.

There is much debate about whether the takoba was used only by the imúšaɣ or warrior class or whether it could be borne by vassals.

As with most crafted items used by the Tuareg, takoba are crafted by the ìnhædʻæn (singular énhædʻ) caste, who are of a different ethnicity from the imúšaɣ and speak Ténet, a secret language. The imúšaɣ believe that theìnhædʻæn have magical powers, which some theorize to be associated with their traditional roles as metalworkers and to the imúšaɣ aversion to both metalworking and touching iron.


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David Garza Performs "Too Much" at Takoba in East Austin

David Garza, http://tinyurl.com/kppqts, performs "Too Much" at Takoba in East Austin, Texas during SXSW 2011 Music Festival on March 19, 2011.

Frontera Bugalú Performs at Takoba During SXSW 2011

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Piñata Protest Performs New Song "Vato Perrón" at Takoba

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austin360 (blog)
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:18:45 -0700

This follows a similar demo that was set to take place at Takoba Wednesday night and that is touring in about 21 cities. Dos Equis brought the demo (and a six pack of Dos Equis) to the American-Statesman on Monday and I had a chance to give it a try.

austin360 (blog)

austin360 (blog)
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:48:45 -0700

Takoba: The fried fish tacos. I really like the food culture over on the east side. Clark's Oyster Bar: The hamburger and oysters. The best oysters I've ever had, hands down. 24 Diner: The meatloaf – it's the best meatloaf I have ever had … sorry, Mom ...
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:10:09 -0700

Seul un takoba, le sabre sacré, en se substituant à une plume, peut permettre d'écrire un texte d'une telle limpidité ; et comme il peut inventer le temps, l'auteur boucle le récit après que Godia, dans un calvaire redoutable, ait longtemps cherché ...

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