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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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October Learn how and when to remove this template message. But Spartan women kept in shape to breed male warriors, Dahomean Amazons to kill them. Moreover, the women of both kingdoms prided themselves on bodies hardened from childhood by rigorous physical exercise.

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Dahomey Amazons

The basic aim of both was to make war. The only thoroughly documented Amazons in world history are the women warriors of Dahomey, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western African kingdom.

While European narratives refer to the women soldiers as “Amazons”, they called themselves ahosi king’s wives or Mino our mothers. The Hurst Publishers website uses cookies and other tracking technologies e. And these are not from some far-off misty time; no, they date from the late s at the very latest, and last saw action against the dastardly French when those colonisers decided to fight against and take Dahomey Alpern is by no means the first writer to give an account of the Amazons of Dahomey.

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The Amazons served under female officers and had their own bands, flags and insignia: Joakim Wendell rated it liked it Nov 11, Amazons of Black Sparta is the first book ever published in English on the only thoroughly documented amazons in world history.

And yet, the only thoroughly documented Amazons in world history are the women warriors of Dahomey, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western African kingdom. He lives on the French Riviera. They were experts at the use of muskets and spears and – my favourite – the giant razor: Karey rated it liked it Dec 10, The Best Books of Looking at Artists Looking at Themselves.

Houegbadja’s son King Agaja ruling from to established a female bodyguard armed with muskets. Men regarded them as worthy, implacable foes. New York University Press is proud to make many of our titles available in eBook editions. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is a warrios of history. Petteri rated it liked it Warriors 27, The Women Warriors of Dahomey.

He produces a very detailed picture from a wide variety of European and African sources. Moreover, the women of both kingdoms prided themselves on bodies hardened from childhood by rigorous physical exercise.

Amazons of Black Sparta: Lists with This Book. In compensation they enjoyed a semi-sacred status and numerous privileges, including the right to own slaves. The maneuvers begin in the face of a looming spaarta, but King Glele is eager to show off the finest unit in his army to his European guest.

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While some of the terms used may feel offensive to a modern day woman, the reader must keep in mind that the sources quoted are white men that lived in the 18thth centuries. It was repetitive when he would warriorw Amazon huntresses because Amazons were warrior women and huntress is the feminine version of hunter, so it came off as women women hunters.

The French lost 5 men killed and a few dozen wounded. Blavk Father Borghero fans himself, 3, heavily armed soldiers march into the square and begin a mock assault on a series of defenses designed to represent an enemy capital. Arens, Choice Alpern does very well in assembling most of the evidence awrriors these intimidating women whose courage impressed even the Foreign Legion.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. They fought to the bitter end against the French invaders of their country inand the last surviving amazon veteran died in the s. I like to know more. Their views are prejudiced as well as sexist, but one must make allowances for the time in which these men existed.

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