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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I like to know more. Theoretically wives of the king and quartered in his palaces, they were actually sworn to celibacy on pain of death. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

This is lback book of history. Records suggest that there were about women in the Dahomean army from the s until the s—at which point King Gezo expanded the corps to as many as 6, Very interesting historical facts.

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

Also his constant use of -ress was annoying like huntress or warrioress or embroideress or archeress. No quarter was given on either side, and Slarta Bayol saw his chief gunner decapitated by a fighter he recognized as Nanisca, the young woman he had met three months earlier in Abomey as she executed amazona prisoner.

Alpern worked as a sub-editor for the New York Herald Tribune and then as a foreign service officer of the United States Information Agency for twenty-two years, two of which were spent in West Africa. From the s to s when the opposing party collapsedthey generally supported peace amazins 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.


These women were fierce in a way Beyonce could not comprehend. In one scene, the Dahomean women warriors scale walls covered in thorny vines and get all bloody just for practice.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Mino trained with intense physical exercise. Dahomey Dajomey It Is: The regiment had a semi-sacred status, which was intertwined with the Fon belief in Vodun.

From an early age, both groups were trained to handle weapons, to be strong and swift and hardy, to withstand suffering. With one hand she seems to pin him to the ground, and with the other stabs him repeatedly. Comment on this Story. Feb 9, Reply. Join our mailing list. Beverly Coplen rated it liked it Sep 19, Jan 23, Robert added it.

Dahomey’s Women Warriors

Jun 30, Divine-Asia rated it it was ok. I don’t even – I decided it was tim My mother gave me this book for ChristmasI think after hearing about it on the radio?

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Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women’s Regiment of Dahomey by Stanley B. Alpern

Description History is rife with tales of fighting women. Books by Stanley B. Despite this, they are savage predators who shoot out grapple-like hooks to reel in passing fish.

One theory traces their origins to teams of female hunters known as gbeto, and certainly Dahomey was noted for its women hunters; a French naval surgeon named Repin reported in the s that a group of 20 gbeto had attacked a herd of 40 elephants, killing three at the cost of several hunters gored and trampled.

Review quote Alpern draws together the available material on this peculiar institution into an interesting and readable book. My library Help Advanced Book Wariors. It was repetitive when he would write Amazon huntresses because Amazons were warrior women and huntress is the feminine version of hunter, so it came off as women women I was expecting a more insightful anthropological research into the lives of these women but I hte a hard time getting past the obvious sexist and racist remarks of the European men he kept quoting in his book about these women.


The other mighty fact in the story is that pretty much everyone acknowledges that the women were mighty warriors, as good or better than their male counterparts, and generally even fiercer in actual battle: Amazons of Black Sparta is the first book ever published in English on the only thoroughly documented amazons in world history. The Women Warriors of Dahomey. Amazons of Black Sparta: The descriptions of events come from Western male visitors.

Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women’s Regiment of Dahomey

Ghezo placed great importance on the army, increasing its budget and formalizing its structure from ceremonial to a serious military.

But Spartan women kept qmazons shape to breed male warriors, Dahomean Amazons aamzons kill them. In the latter period, the Dahomean female warriors were armed with Winchester rifles, clubs and knives. Some accounts note that each male soldier had a female warrior counterpart. Ghezo’s Amazons play a significant role in the novel Flash for Freedom! Arens, Choice Alpern does very well in assembling most of the evidence about these intimidating women whose courage impressed even the Foreign Legion.

Dawn Sam rated it really liked it Nov 07, Feb 08, Francisco rated it liked it Dahomsy By the s their numbers had grown to He lives on the French Riviera.