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 THE LEGEND OF BENIN'S FEARLESS FEMALE WARRIORS



If you loved seeing Dora Milaje's Female Warriors in Black Panther and you'll love the tale about Dahomey Warriors. Dahomey Warriors, 

a fierce all-female army so brutal that European colonists would call them the Amazons following the brutal warriors from Greek mythology. Anatolia as well as The Black Sea.

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Dahomey Amazons Dahomey Amazons were soldiers of the frontline within the kingdom of Dahomey the Dahomey Empire, a West African empire that existed between 1625 and 1904. They were defeated after numerous battles,

 towards the conclusion of the second Franco-Dahomean conflict. However, the bravery of the Dahomey Warriors made an impression on French combatants who wrote reports about the Dahomey Warriors' "incredible courage and audacity " during battle.



The accounts of the historical Amazons are notoriously unreliable even though a few European missionaries, slave trader, and colonialists documented their experiences with the brave women. in 1861 Italian Priest Francesco Borghero reported on an army drill where thousands of women climbed up 120m high acacia trees barefoot and without a single whimper.

 The year was 1889. French colonial administrator Jean Bayol recounted witnessing a young Amazon confront a captive as part of her instruction. "[She] walked jauntily up, swung her sword three times with both hands, then calmly cut the last flesh that attached the head to the trunk... She then squeezed the blood off her weapon and swallowed it."


Europeans who visited Dahomey at the turn of the 19th Century identified Dahomey's female fighters as Amazons following the brutal warriors from Greek mythology.

 The current term used by historians is the women as mino that could be translated as "our mothers" according to the Fon language. But, Leonard Wantchekon, who was born in Benin and is now a professor of political science at Princeton University and founder of the African School of Economics in Cotonou, Benin, claims that the current term doesn't accurately reflect the role warriors were within Dahomey society. "Mino means witch," He said.

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Today, the role played by Queen Hangbe as well as her Amazons is mostly ceremonial and she is the one who oversees religious ceremonies which take place at the temple that is near her residence. 

When I requested photos of Queen Hangbe, Pierrette, another Amazon stood up to open the ceremonial parasol she had draped over her lover inside the room that was dark.

 The fabric that read ' Reine Hangbe' (Queen Hangbe) had been stitched onto the fabric with the applique technique used in Dahomey custom. 

An expert dressmaker Pierrette creates a brand new umbrella each year. With a lot of symbolism, the elaborately decorated umbrellas used to be a sign of respectability at Dahomey court. Dahomey court.


The umbrella of Queen Hangbe was simple, but during the late 18th or 19th Centuries the umbrellas were frequently decorated with the remains of defeated adversaries. Parasols also included pictures of animals and birds and also the circular-headed clubs Amazons employed to fight.


The deadly weapons are also included in the carvings that are found on the walls of mud the palaces that were squat. Each king would construct another palace on top of one of his predecessors, and leave the old one as a mausoleum.

 Even though Behanzin the final king of the Dahomey Empire burned the palaces prior to when they were destroyed when the French came, a part remains in Abomey the old and rusty Unesco signage that hangs in a slack position at the entrance. 


Bas reliefs reveal how the Amazons utilized clubs, along with machetes and muskets to murder their enemies. In one dusty cabinet the tail of a horse is fashioned from the skull of a person as a trophy returned from the Amazon for her monarch to use for an elegant fly swatter.



Because of this, Wantchekon believes that the Amazons remain relevant in the present. "Where the profession of choice to society is dominated by males why not create an elite group of women who be able to work alongside men? To be the same as the men.

" In the case of Wantchekon, the issue isn't their military power or strength that makes the Amazons exceptional, but their ability to be role models. Marvel Studios can see the attraction: a spinoff dedicated to women like Dora Milaje is in the process of being developed.


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