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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The Amazons served under female officers and had their own bands, flags and insignia: 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.

Their breasts were intact — there was no thought that removal of the dahomfy one would make it easier to shoot arrows or hurl javelins.

Sparta did not have female troops, but its women did practice sports and do other physical training like the amazons of Dahomey. The women soldiers were rigorously trained and given uniforms. The main character of Charles R.

Amazons of Black Sparta

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 Book ratings by Goodreads. All in all, he had some really useful information derived from the little bit of history he was able to research but he relied too heavily and quoted too many times racist and sexist sources.


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 Instead of bows, spears and axes, the main weapons of the black warrioresses were muskets, machetes and clubs, and they rarely used shields.

They lusted for battle, fighting with fury and valor until the kingdom’s final defeat by France in Around the same time Western visitors to Abomey noticed a sharp jump in the number of female soldiers.

Comment on this Story. DahomeyAmasonsWest Africa. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I definitely gleaned more than enough from this book for my research and have become inspired by the strength of these women and the mark they made on history.

Chris rated it liked it Feb 18, A dedicated hub of information promoting awareness of Africa’s female leadership traditions including Rain Queen Mothers, Queen Mothers, Queens, Priestesses, Shaman Healers, Warriors and their associated roles, customs and history.

The Mino trained with intense physical exercise. In a interview with a Beninese historian, Womn claimed hte have fought the French in By the s their numbers had grown to 6, And yet, the only thoroughly documented amazons in world history are the women warriors of Dahomy, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Western African kingdom.


The Mino took a prominent role in amazon Grand Council, debating the policy of the kingdom. Truly, Alpern’s portrait of the Amazons is a well deserved encomium to the courage and dedication of these intrepid women warriors. Enter your email address. The other takeaway from this story is a sense of how much the neighbors dahkmey were warring with must have dreaded them.

It was only when they were thrown against the Egba capital, Abeokutathat they tasted defeat. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

But Spartan women kept in shape to breed male warriors, Dahomean Amazons to kill them. I liked the beginning intro and the end where it all comes together.

Amazons of Black Sparta : The Women Warriors of Dahomey

By the s their numbers had grown to 6, The Women Warriors of Dahomey. 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, Yet, his is by far the most detailed and most convincing.

None of this, of or, explains why this female corps arose only in Dahomey.