Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean), 1895-1963. Dahomey, an ancient West African kingdom: volume 2

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Part V: Political Organisation

Chapter Xxii: Primary Political Divisions

Chapter Xxiii : The King And His Court

Chapter Xxiv : The Cult Of The Royal Ancestors

Chapter Xxv : Wars, Conquests, And The Census

Part Vi : Religious Life

Chapter Xxvi : The Great Gods: The Sky Pantheon

Chapter Xxvii : The Great Gods: The Earth Pantheon

Chapter Xxviii : The Great Gods: The Thunder Pantheon

Chapter Xxix : The Great Gods: The Organisation Of Worship

Chapter Xxx : Personal Gods And Forces: Fate And The Divine Trickster

Chapter Xxxi : Personal Gods And Forces: The Souls Of Man

Chapter Xxxii : The Cult Of The Serpent

Chapter Xxxiii : Magic And Charms

1. Gbogló, Preventive Against Any Effects Of Magic Sent By Another.

2. Golǒ, Protection For The “house” And Possessions Of The Owner.

3. Nudónómě, Protection For The Fields Of The Owner. 1

4. Hóͅlɔ́�hɔ́�lɔ́�gbó, Gives Power To The Owner.

5. Afiyɔ̌hwedjí, Causes Black Magic To Recoil Upon The Sender And Prevents Evil Coming To The Recipient.

6. Súkpíkpâ, Brings Danger To Another.

7. Djidǒ, To Insure Longevity.

8. Gbòdudóͅ, Sends Evil That Kills.

9. Wayįnumɛ̂, Causes Its Owner To Be Liked.

10. Yíró, Which Helps The Owner Obtain What He Wishes.

11. Hwε�glǒͅ, Makes The Owner Secure In The Courts.

12. Azōͅgbwlénú, Cures Illness.

13. Kasisǒ (or Kąndudǒ), Preserves A Hunter From Danger While He Is Hunting .

14. Vigbō, Protects Children And Pregnant Women.

15. Hwélíli, Protects A House; This Includes Gbǒ Put Into The Walls Of A House When It Is Being Built. 1

16. Azɔmasǒ, To Keep Illness Away From The Possessor.

17. Dokóglo, Prevents Accidents.

18. Kugbǒ, Determines Whether A Person Who Is Ill Will Die.

Chapter Xxxiv : The Dahomean World View And Its Place In Daily Life

Part Vii : Art

Chapter Xxxv: The Art-forms Of Dahomey

Chapter Xxxvi : Graphic Art Forms

Chapter Xxxvii: Plastic Art-forms

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Title: Dahomey, an ancient West African kingdom: volume 2

Published By: Northwestern University Press. 1967. 407 p. ill.

By line: [by] Melville J. Herskovits

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Fon (FA18)

Subjects: Form and rules of government (642); Chief executive (643); Community structure (621); General character of religion (771); Spirits and gods (776); Animism (774); Cosmology (772); Mythology (773); Cult of the dead (769); Visual arts (5311); Verbal arts (5310); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Music (533); Musical instruments (534); Dance (535); Organized ceremonial (796); Revelation and divination (787); Magic (789);

Abstract: A sequel to the author’s description of salient features of Dahomey culture and polity, this book focuses on the complex links between Dahomean concepts the world and religiosity with the inner workings of the political systems. Herskovits discusses these links with detailed data on the organization of administrative, judicial, and royal institutions and control on one hand, and the determining powers of Dahomean concepts of god and religiosity on the other. Other aspects of cultures covered in this volume include visual arts (mostly limited to religious graphic arts and magical objects), folklore, music and dances.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: fa18-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Reprint of the 1938 ed. Includes bibliographical references (p. 373-376)

Field Date: 1931

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: 1845-1931

Coverage Place: Benin (Dahomey)

LCSH: Fon (African people)//Ethnology--Benin//Benin


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