True Story of the Dahomey Amazons | (Agojie)

The Dahomey Mino were an all-female Fon military regiment that served in the Kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Benin, West Africa) from the 1600s to the late 1800s. They are among the few known female armies from modern times.



Due to the tale of the female warriors or Amazons in Greek mythology, they were given the moniker "Amazons" by Western Europeans who came into contact with them.

 

In the year 1890, the Dahomey Mino

Dahomey's male population suffered heavy losses in the increasingly regular conflict and fighting with neighboring West African governments, which led to the formation of an all-female military regiment. As a result, Dahomey became one of the major players in the Oyo Empire's slave trade, which used slaves as a form of barter for goods in West Africa until the British Empire put an end to the practice there. The monarchs of Dahomey probably enlisted women into the army due to a dearth of men.

The all-female military regiment was known as the Dahomey Amazons. They were renowned for their fearlessness and incredible spear and sword skills. These courageous ladies served as an example to Wakanda. Beautifully fearless.

Life as a Dahomey Amazon warrior was focused, claims Culture Trip. They engaged in frequent hand-to-hand combat during their rigorous training. As they learned survival techniques, discipline was heavily emphasized.

Given that they were legally wedded to the King, the Dahomey Amazons were forbidden from having children or engaging in any other aspect of family life. They continued to be celibate as a result of his lack of sexual contact with them, however relatively few of them were married off to esteemed leaders of the kingdom


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