, 165 Idaomi okunrin, Great Dahomean
If settlers enslaved Nigerians, Ghanaians, Dahomeans
, and Congolese in the 18th Century; if those black imperialists felt and still think they are more American than African, then the indigenous majority--like other African countries--should declare political and economic liberty from the clutches of Americo-Liberianism at once .
Enslaved Dahomeans brought Vodun to Brazil, Cuba, and Haiti by contributing to the birth of new religions such as Candomble, Santeria, and Voodoo in the Americas.
The colored bas-reliefs decorating the walls of the palaces constitute a visual narrative illustrating events that marked the history of the Dahomean dynasties.
Among the descendants of slaves there are not only descendants of former slaves sent to the Americas (especially Brazil) who returned to Dahomey but also descendants of slaves who remained on Dahomean soil.
Unlike the Slave Route Project, "Ouidah 92" was perceived as a project unifying different groups and as an initiative that could eventually allow the descendants of the Dahomean royal family to obtain political gains without emphasizing the debate about the Atlantic slave trade past (Tall 1995).
English traders wanted Ashantis, the French liked Dahomeans
while the Spanish preferred Yorubas.
The Dahomeans believed that the life force does not end with death.
The Dahomean religion has a major god with lesser deities.
The history of slave procurement by former Dahomeans is thereby 'expurgated' .
The ceremony date corresponds with the "traditional calendrical date for Dahomean families to worship their ancestors at home" and was conceived of as a way to unite local Vodun groups from all over Benin "to worship the long departed slaves as objects of a transnational form of ancestor worship" (Sutherland 1999:202).
In Floodtide, for example, Ross Parry allows himself to become an unwilling partner in the crimes of Morgan Brittany; and in The Dahomean
, the protagonist's fate is to be sold into slavery, despite his authority and wealth.