Le poney musey et les pratiques vétérinaires (région de Gobo, Nord-Cameroun)


fr Anthropozoologica 39 (1) - Pages 43-60

Published on 30 July 2004

This article is a part of the thematic issue Animal domestications: social and symbolic dimensions. Homage to Jacques Cauvin

The Musey pony and veterinary practices (Gobo region, northern Cameroon)

Among the Musey people, the pony has a specific status, situated between animal and human. Its career is marked by rituals which are closely related to rites of passage in the life of a Musey. The treatments used for physical disorders in the pony demonstrate the closeness to humans. The Musey pharmacopeia contains a wide range relative to the pony and which overlaps in part that reserved for humans. Originality may also be seen in the treatments used by the Musey on their equines to cure skin diseases and disorders of the locomotor system. This knowledge is however in retreat, confronted by forms of treatment related to larger cultural areas and concerning other horse breeds.


Pony, Musey, pharmacopoeia, veterinary care, northern Cameroon, Chad.

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