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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Petteri rated it liked it Feb 27, Most West African women lived lives of forced drudgery. But Spartan women kept in shape to breed male warriors, Dahomean amazons to kill them. To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math so we know that you are a human: Amazons of Black Sparta: The Mino took a prominent role in the Grand Council, debating the policy of the kingdom.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. They were so named by Western observers and historians due to their similarity to the mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea. Request Exam or Desk Copy. Their last enemies were full of praise for their courage. The celebrations on the 27th day of the Annual Customs consisted of a mock battle in which the Amazons attacked a “fort” and “captured” the slaves within, [8] a custom recorded by the priest Francesco Borghero in his diaries.


They lusted for battle, fighting with fury and valor until the kingdom’s final defeat by France in He produces a very detailed picture from a wide variety of European and African sources. For the loss of 86 Regulars and Amazons, the Dahomey only managed to kill 6 French troops in the melee. None of this, of course, explains why this female corps arose only in Dahomey.

In one s;arta, the Dahomean women warriors scale walls covered in thorny vines and get all bloody just for practice. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

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Charlotte rated it liked it Feb 05, Thanks for telling us about the problem. These documented reports also indicated that the women soldiers suffered several defeats.

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With one hand she seems to pin him to the ground, and with the other stabs him repeatedly. LPenting rated it really liked it Oct 19, The Women Warriors of Dahomey. In a interview with a Beninese historian, Nawi o to have fought the French in While Gezo plotted his revenge against the Egba, his new female recruits were put through extensive training. Theoretically wives of the king and quartered in his palaces, they were sworn to celibacy on pain of death.

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Amazons of Black Sparta: The Journal of African History. He finds the general captivating: He is the author of Amazons of Black Sparta: It appears to be thoroughly researched and meticulously end-noted.


Originally palace guards, the Amazons had evolved by the s into professional troops armed mainly with muskets, machetes and clubs. The Amazons served under female officers and had warriosr own bands, flags and insignia: Some accounts note that each male soldier had a female warrior counterpart. The Mino trained with intense physical exercise. Feb 21, Reply.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Editions Rochevignes, ; Stanley Alpern. Dahomey has been called Black Sparta because of its militarism and subordination of the individual to the state. There is no inner circle dialogue to understand what these women were thinking. This article appears to contain trivial, minor, or unrelated references to popular culture.

From the time wrriors King Ghezo ruling from toDahomey became increasingly militaristic. Jun 30, Divine-Asia rated it it was ok. 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.

This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat No other group of women warriors, including those the Greeks dubbed amazons for their alleged lack of one breast, has ever been more than a myth.