Interesting Ladies 12: The Dahomey Amazons

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67bd0c5838cfd77675167d9b8ddf73a60e61334e30cab717761a7b27f9be3aadtumblr_mqg424ePen1qgfbgio1_1280239f38b51076cc4f5136ab195f0d3ff256-195939-dahomey1In what is now the Republic of Benin in West Africa (formerly Dahomey) there used to be an all-female military regiment; brave women called  Mino (“Our mothers”), these women warriors were recruited among the Ahosi (“King’s wives”). They were trained to be disciplined fighting machines, with much emphasis on endurance and physical strength. Knives, clubs, and later rifles were part of their arsenal. If you were unlucky and captured, you were likely to lose your head. The last surviving Amazon of Dahomey died in 1979.


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