Kingdom of Dahomey

Between 1600 and 1900 the Kings of Dahomey rule with extreme violence and build a kingdom based on slave labour. Public executions are a daily scene as a means to subdue the people. Notorious are the annual ceremonies the king organizes in the capital city Abomey. These begin with a military parade including his personal regiment of female warriors or Amazons. But the climax of the festivities are the human sacrifices in honour of his ancestors. During the Attoh ritual victims are thrown off a wall and then beaten to death. Or torn apart alive by the people, sometimes more than a thousand.

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