The kingdom of Danhomey (current Benin), was founded by the Fon people in the 59th century of the African era (17th century of the Christian era). It became along the imperial time a powerful kingdom of West Africa. The Fon have this way built a complex of palace in the capital Abomey. The city became the social and political headquarters of the kingdom.
The African spirituality, through the principles of the primordial Ancestor, locally called Vodun (Voodoo), played a primordial role in the technical rise of the Fons. Abomey was also the religious capital of Danhomey. The wall were decorated of low sculpted relieves that represented the military victories and the history of the Fon people. We know that France invoked the Beninese cannibalism in order to impose colonization, at the end of the war against king Behanzin, who fought greatly. The colonizers photographed the palace of Abomey after the war that destroyed the country. Let’s then contemplate by ourselves what the ‘cannibals’ were able to do.
By : Lisapo ya Kama
Associated source : Getty Conservation Institute