As promised in our Palaces of Abomey episode, we are returning to the kingdom of Dahomey today to talk about their female combat force, nicknamed the Amazons by Europeans. This is one of the earliest all-female combat forces in history - many that existed earlier were primarily ceremonial or symbolic, but the Amazons were on the front lines for at least a century.
Episode link: The Amazons of Dahomey
- Alpern, Stanley B. "Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey." New York University Press. 1998.
- Corbey, Raymond. "Ethnographic Showcases, 1870-1930." Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Aug., 1993). http://macs.ucsc.edu/corbey.pdf
- Dash, Mike. "Dahomey's Women Warriors." Smithsonian. 9/23/2011. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dahomeys-women-warriors-88286072/?no-ist
- Edgerton, Robert B. "Warrior Women: The Amazons of Dahomey and the Nature of War." Westview Press. 2000.
- Law, Robin. "The 'Amazons' of Dahomey." Paideuma: Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde. 1993. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40341664
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