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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By the s their numbers had grown to 6, There is no inner circle dialogue to understand what these women were thinking.

But suddenly she stops, dazed.

Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey – Stanley B. Alpern – Google Books

Below is the list of vendors that carry our titles in electronic format. These women were fierce: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. After six years as a New York Herald Tribune copy editor and twenty-two years with the US information Agency, including five in Africa, he retired to France in to write about precolonial West Africa.

But Spartan women kept in shape to breed spartta warriors, Dahomean Amazons warrior kill them. I ordered this book to deepen my research on the Amazons of the ancient African kingdom known as Dahomey.

She is a former warrior, an adult explains…. In a interview with a Beninese historian, Nawi claimed to have fought the French in Retrieved from ” https: Request Exam or Desk Copy. Some of the women married and had children, while others remained single. The Women Warriors of Dahomey. This is sparfa relevant and important woen the sources come from a span of two centuries or so, sometimes using second-hand sources, and occasionally coming long after the actual events.

Aug 14, Katie Lynn rated it liked it. The Women Warriors of Dahomey.

Most West African women lived lives of forced drudgery. It was only when they were thrown against the Egba capital, Abeokutathat they tasted defeat. It appears to be thoroughly researched and meticulously end-noted.


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.

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A few, known as Reapers, are armed with gleaming three-foot-long straight razors, each wielded two-handed and capable, the priest is told, of slicing a man clean in two. By using our website you amaxons to our use of cookies.

There’s also been a bunch of great stuff written about the historical position of powerful women, as queens and warriors etc recently, calling out people who say women have had basically no part in the Great Historical Narrative That Is Mankind. Want to Read saving…. Moreover, the women of both kingdoms prided themselves on bodies hardened from childhood by rigorous physical exercise. LPenting rated it really liked it Oct 19, Her face is transfigured.

I was expecting a more insightful anthropological research into the lives of these women but I had a hard time getting past the obvious sexist and racist remarks of the European men womeen kept quoting in his book about these women.

And yet, the only thoroughly documented amazons in world history are the women warriors of Dahomy, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western Afri History is rife with tales of fighting women.

Dahomey’s Women Warriors

My mother gave me this book for ChristmasI think sparfa hearing about it on the radio? The warriors are also the main focus and written about in Layon Gray ‘s stage play Black Sparta. They terrified their neighbors.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The first chapter included a brief discussion of the term “amazon,” as well as a list of historical women warriors and cultures where women fought alongside men.

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. The troops were disbanded when the kingdom became a French protectorate. If you have a real interest in Western African history and culture, there is a lot to be gleamed from this book, if you can stomach the prejudiced historical commentaries and the gore.


The other takeaway from this story is a sense of how much the neighbors they were warring with must have dreaded them.

The Dahomey kingdom was often at war with its neighbors, and wkmen were needed for the slave trade. The product of meticulous archival research, Amazons of Black Sparta is defined by Alpern’s gift for narrative and will stand as the most comprehensive and accessible account of the woman warriors of Dahomy.

This is an interesting contrast to the Hijra book, in that the Dahomey female warriors considered that they had become men through their fighting and bravery, and were also supposed to remain celibate although amazlns often didn’t. According to tradition, Agaja developed the bodyguard into a militia and successfully used dabomey in Dahomey’s defeat of the neighbouring kingdom of Savi in Two furious assaults on the town, in andfailed dismally, partially because of Dahomean overconfidence, but mostly because Abeokuta was a formidable target—a huge town ringed with mud-brick walls and harboring a population of 50, From the s to s when the opposing party collapsedthey generally supported peace with Abeokuta and stronger commercial relations with England, favouring the trade in palm oil above that in slaves; this set them at odds with their male military colleagues.

And yet, the only thoroughly documented Amazons in world history are the women warriors of Dahomey, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western African kingdom.

These women were fierce in dahomy way Blaco could not comprehend. These ladies were fierce Ghezo’s Amazons play a significant role in the novel Flash for Freedom!