The Dahomey Amazons or Mino, which means “our mothers,” were a Fon all- female military .. Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey ( 1st ed.). New York, U.S.: New York University Press. ISBN Clodfelter. One of Dahomeys’ women warriors, with a musket, club, dagger—and her .. Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey. History is rife with tales of fighting women. More often than not, these stories prove more legend than history. Dating back to the amazons of ancient Asia Minor.

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This is particularly relevant and important because the sources come from a span of two centuries or so, sometimes using second-hand sources, and occasionally coming long after the actual events. As late asa Beninese historian encountered an extremely old woman in the village of Kinta who convincingly claimed to have fought against the French in Previous post The Realm of a Rain Queen: At the Smithsonian Warrirs.

In compensation they enjoyed a semi-sacred status and numerous privileges, including the right to own slaves. A Dahomean who grew up in Cotonou in the s recalled that he regularly tormented an elderly woman he and his friends saw shuffling along the road, bent double by tiredness and age.

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We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. It is noon on a humid Saturday in adhomey fall ofand a missionary by the name of Francesco Borghero has been summoned to a parade ground in Abomeythe capital of the small West African state of Dahomey. This is a book of history. Each regiment had different uniforms, weapons and commanders.


Dahomey’s Women Warriors

Apr 29, Irene rated it really liked it Shelves: A lot of what I read is violent and revolting to anyone who is sensitive. While European narratives refer to the women soldiers as “Amazons”, they wwrriors themselves ahosi king’s wives or Mino our mothers.

They fought to the bitter end against the French invaders of their country inand the last surviving amazon veteran died in the s. My mother gave me this book for ChristmasI think after hearing about it on the radio? Freespiritwildheart rated it it was amazing Jun 22, Aug 14, Katie Lynn rated it liked it.

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The women were the last to surrender, and even then—at least spagta to a rumor common in the French army of occupation—the survivors took their revenge on the French by covertly substituting themselves for Dahomean women who were taken into the enemy stockade. These women were fierce: They lusted for battle, ov into it with blood-curdling yells, reveled in it, and fought with fury and valor, seemingly immune to fear.

The women soldiers were rigorously trained and given uniforms.

Dahomey As It Is: But Alpern cautions that there is no proof that such an incident occurred, and he prefers an alternate theory that suggests the women warriors came into existence as a palace guard in the s. Alpern has chronicled this remarkable history in depth for the first time.

The women’s army consisted of a number of regiments: According to Holmes, many of the French soldiers fighting in Dahomey hesitated before shooting or bayoneting the Amazons. Their last enemies were full of praise for their courage.


To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math so we know that you are a human: Theoretically wives of the king and quartered in his palaces, they were sworn to celibacy on pain of death. History is rife with tales of fighting women.

Amazons of Black Sparta: But then, of course, the general is a woman, as are all 3, of her troops. While some of the terms used may feel I ordered this book to deepen my research on the Amazons of the ancient African kingdom known as Dahomey. The warriors are also the main focus and written about in Layon Gray ‘s stage play Black Sparta.

Amazons of Black Sparta: Women Warriors of Dahomey

The only thoroughly documented Amazons in world history are the women warriors of Dahomey, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western African kingdom. Her cries betray her effort. Join our mailing list. Some even called them ‘beautiful’ and awe-inspiring. Enter your email address.

According to tradition, Agaja developed the bodyguard into a militia and successfully used them in Dahomey’s defeat of the neighbouring kingdom of Savi in She thinks she is holding a rifle because abruptly she shoulders and fires, then reloads her imaginary arm and fires again, imitating the sound of a salvo.