Time traveling to Ancient Africa

There once was a Kingdom called Dahomey. Feared and loathed by its enemies, Dahomey was ruled by some of the ancient Africa’s most brutal kings.  Guezo, who reigned from 1818 to 1858, was like all the 13 kings; his palace was set in a large compound with a palace that was as red as the soil it was built on,  he upheld the law that said King’s graveyards cannot be visited on Monday and he never hesitated to use the army to defend the Kingdom. Unlike other Kings, Guezo was protected by an army of 4000 women whose war cry was, “let the man raise the kids.” The amazons had battles to fight. They were known for cutting their breasts if they slowed down their agility in a battle. They are said to be the army that killed the four enemies on whose skulls Guezo mounted his throne. Dahomey is now known as Benin.  The palace is now a world heritage site in Abomey.  In keeping with Dahomey, there’s strict protocol to be observed-pictures can only be taken from outside the palace and the communal compound, women must be covered and the Kings’ graveyard is off limits on Monday, which remains a traditional market day in Abomey.  

About leratomogoatlhe

I fell in love with traveling Africa on a four day trip to Accra in 2006. I started my journeys around the continent in 2008, when I went to Senegal, and around West Africa to launch my dream of knowing Africa through all my senses. I have been to 24 countries (and counting) over five years of stopping everything in my life to focus on one phenomenal continent. #AfricaRocks.
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