Blier, Suzanne Preston. The path of the leopard: motherhood and majesty in early Danhomé

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Title: The path of the leopard: motherhood and majesty in early Danhomé

Published in: The journal of African history -- Vol. 36, no. 3

Published By: The journal of African history -- Vol. 36, no. 3 Cambridge University Press. 1995. 391-417 p. map

By line: By Suzanne Preston Blier

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

Culture: Fon (FA18)

Subjects: Traditional history (173); Historical reconstruction (174); Cultural identity and pride (186); Form and rules of government (642); Chief executive (643); Mythology (773); Sacred objects and places (778); Priesthood (793); Organized ceremonial (796); Status, role, and prestige (554); History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: This article examines Danhomè (Dahomey) myths of dynastic origin, offering at once a critique and counter-narrative to the official dynastic history. Critical to this counter-narrative are the early women of the state, most importantly the mothers and wives of the first rulers. By reconstructing the provocative stories of these women, the author not only adds an important human dimension to Danhomè history but also raises important methodological issues in existing works on the origins of this kingdom.

Document Number: 14

Document ID: fa18-014

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1984-1986

Evaluation: Anthropologist/Historian-4,5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: 1720-1986

Coverage Place: Dahomey Kingdom (Benin since 1975)

LCSH: Fon (African people)

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