Benin - country of palm oil
Central and southern Benin in West Africa, all known as the
Republic of Benin. "Benin" means "slave." An area of 112,600 square
kilometers, population 6.75 million, with 46 tribes, mainly
aromatic, Yoruba, Aga family, etc.. Many residents believe in
fetishism and Islam. Official language is French, Fang, Yoruba, and
Ballybay language. CFA franc currency. The capital Porto Novo.
The Benin flag has one vertical green rectangle and two
horizontal yellow and red rectangles. Green symbolizes hope, yellow
represents prosperity and red is for bravery and courage. Green,
yellow and red are known as the Pan-African colors.
In the 18th century, during the insanity of Abomey Guoding, the
southern and central parts of the country were unified. It was
incorporated into French West Africa in 1904, becoming a French
colony in 1915. In 1958, it became part of the French co-body
"autonomous republic." On August 1, 1960, it gained independence
with the establishment of the Republic of Dahomey. On November 30,
1975, it changed its name to Benin People's Republic. On March 1,
1990, it changed to the Beninese Republic.
Economic and Cultural Customs
Its economy is dominated by agriculture including palm oil,
cotton, cassava and maize. Palm oil output is high, and it is the
main export product. Benin tribes live in big family communities.
The family patriarch is the generally older Sage, whereas chiefs
have a heritage of distribution, handling matters relating to
marriage and divorce and punishing offenders.
All ethnic groups have different tattoos. Tribal tattoos were
originally used to distinguish between the signs, and later evolved
into different sects and family marks, and even become a symbol of
the United States. A man will first use a pen to delineate patterns
in his face, and then cut off the skin with a blade in accordance
with the design. After wound healing the surface words are formed.
Tattooing was seen as a symbol of courage and adulthood.
Benin were the snake as a totem to worship, that it is a source of
strength. There is a port city of Ouidah in the snake temple, where
many people at home to support Python, but here's the python gentle
temperament, but not toxic, so people even allow them to shrink in
the furniture inside.
This is located in southern Benin. Between the 17th and 19th
centuries the capital of the Kingdom was Abomey. As one of the West
Coast of Africa's most powerful dynasties, generations of kings
built a palace here, which formed a magnificent architectural
complex. Stay current sites include A Jiajia Palace, Tegebisuo and
grams of Ben Guerra Tomb, and the palace, including the Racine
group, including the 19th century palace.
Park. 1889-1894, the last country Wangbei Han-chun, leading the
people in the struggle against France, after the remains of burial
site of Abomey, the solemn mausoleum is regarded as sacred. Based on
the old palace, it was converted into the Abomey Historical Museum
and is the best preserved example of West African heritage. In 1985,
the Royal Palace of Abomey was made a UNESCO World Heritage listed
Ganvie water village
Located about 12 km north of Cotonou's Nokwe Lake, it is called
the "Venice of Africa." Built in 1717, all the houses were built in
a circle 23 m above the water on stakes. They have bamboo walls and
floors and pointed roofs covered with a thick thatch. Each household
has a ladder to the surface of the water, and every household has a
wooden bridge to stay connected. There is bustling, vessel-lined
water markets, all with strange customs that attract overseas