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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph The journal of African history -- Vol. 36, no. 3

Published By: Original publisher The journal of African history -- Vol. 36, no. 3 [London ; New York]: Cambridge University Press. 1995. 391-417 p. map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Suzanne Preston Blier

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

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Fon (FA18)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 14

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fa18-014

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1984-1986

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Anthropologist/Historian-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1720-1986

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Dahomey Kingdom (Benin since 1975)

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Fon (African people)


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