Dahomey, the Amazons and the Origin of Gangs

Listen Siblings, I come in peace

“If the powers that be wanted to control this mayhem, they would. When will Blacks learn they are the only one’s who will save themselves. The White law and order will not do it. If they were killing White people, the problem would be solved overnight.” — Dallas Newton

The comment above comes from a brief conversation on Chicago’s gun violence. In any given week, a number of shootings will occur, and the victims will be Africans. Our learned Sister Dallas in explaining Chicago, also explains the Nature of Europeans. In 1894 France through its half-Senegalese General A. A. Dodds defeated Behanzin’s Dahomey (A Kingdom in Modern-Day Benin.) For centuries, Dahomey was considered the most powerful Slave trading kingdom in Africa. From there many of our ancestors were terrorized, kidnapped and sold. But true to European Morality, as pointed out by Sister Dallas, the Europeans didn’t care until Africans threatened Europeans. We can learn, from studying Dahomey, the unspoken Nature of Gangs.

To help we enlist our ancestor J. A. Rogers. J. A. Rogers was one of the most well-read historians of the twentieth century. In 1946 his wife and he published “World’s Great Men of Color Volume 1:” a collection of biographies on Africans in the Ancient World, Asia and Africa (Volume 2 (1947): Europe and the Americas.) In the first volume, he discusses Behanzin, the last King of Dahomey. But for the magnitude and weaponry, the narrative reads exactly like a modern-day Gang. This is mostly because Dahomey was not a pre-Maafa kingdom; rather Dahomey was the product of the European slave trade, thus representing the bastion of African Occidentalism (European Behaviorisms.) It was so European, it had actual Amazons (Amazons were mythical female warriors.) These Amazons were powerful too–each woman was capable of killing a bull with her bare hands.

I transcribe some of the chapter on Behanzin, bold important considerations, and add square-bracket [ ] notes too. It’s important to see in his behavior, the behavior of all African gangs. The “Gangster” mindset is a product of Africans imitating the European mindset. Not only are the gang leaders in Chicago behaving like Behanzin, but even the gang leaders in Jamaica or Trinidad or anywhere on this earth behave like Behanzin. What’s more–as Sister Dallas tells you–the European allows them to. Recall Christopher Michael Coke, also known as Dudus, who in Kingston, Jamaica provided for a community (Tivoli Gardens) through violent trade for decades until the U.S. wanted to end his reign in 2010. The same thing happened to Behanzin but with France in 1894. Nature is our greatest instructor. The ABS propounds on what we are Mis-Educated to not see.

Europeans will mis-educate you into thinking that crime is related to poverty or other sociological flaws. But you’ll see from Dahomey that they were wealthy and that didn’t stop their trade in your ancestors; and you’ll see in Chicago that some perpetrators of violence are from “well-to-do families;” and you’ll see in Jamaica the same. The European mis-educates you to take you from the truth: His Culture is Violent and You’re Violent Because You Imitate His Culture. We overlook this. Hence we need to bring Knowledge to those being brought Ignorance. They Organize Ignorance, we must Organize Knowledge: That is Wisdom. Subscribe, Share, Love.

Excerpt from the chapter on Behanzin Hossu Bowelle–“The King Shark”:
(1841 – 1906)
From “World’s Great Men of Color Volume 1”
By J.A. Rogers

Behanzin, surnamed “Hossu Bowelle,” or “The King Shark,” was the most powerful of the West African kings in the closing years of the nineteenth century.

He was not what so often passes for a “king” in Africa but a real monarch. He was descended in direct line from Tacodounon, who conquered Dahomey in 1610 [Note that the date is later than 1492] an took the throne from the Houenous, whose ancestry, incidentally, went even further back.

In December, 1670, one of Behanzin’s ancestors, Adanzan the First, visited Paris and was received with great ceremony at Versailles by the Grand Monarch himself [Dahomey was an immoral slave-trading empire but was well-received in Europe. See another Dahomeyan’s Anti-African testimony here.]

. . .

Describing the veneration accorded to Dahomey kings, one writer says, “Dada! [King] we hear even yet the accents of veneration mixed with terror with which the old Dahomeyans pronounced the word. For them it symbolized the richness, grandeur and power of the fatherland [Think of Patriarchy–even in Europe only Germany is considered a “Fatherland.”] It epitomized the souvenirs of the glorious conquests of Dahomey.”

Dahomey was wealthy. The elements of its success were its trade, its powerful army,and the courage of its soldiers, who were deemed invincible. The king, as the central authority, was supported by an efficient body of secret police [Note how this is identical to Organized Crime (Gang) structure].

The army contained 25,000 warriors, the pick of Behanzin’s subjects. They were thoroughly trained and kept trim by a system of gymnastics developed by the Dahomeyans themselves. They were divided into brigades and companies. Discipline was perfect. At the head of the Army was Agli-Agbo, the king’s brother. Each warrior, on the march, had a servant to carry his weapons and his food.

But the most redoubtable part of Behanzin’s army were 5,000 female warriors, who were recruited from among the lustiest virgins in the kingdom and were sworn to chastity. They ranked above the men. The king sometimes picked his wives from among them, or gave them to his bravest warriors. When a man had an unruly wife he gave her to the king for his army [Patriarchy though we are traditionally Matriarchal.]

The training of these amazons were rigorous indeed. One of their drills was charging barefoot into a construction of thorns. Boghero describes this extraordinary scene as follows:

Upon the ground reserved for the exercises, had been reared a mound, not of earth, but of very sharp thorns, about 50 yards long, 8 yards wide, and 7 feet high. At about 50 yards further, was another construction like a house, also thickly covered with thorns, the whole resembling a citadel.

All the women are at their posts in an attitude of combat, arms raised, swords in hand, massed in line of battle before the front of attack. The King rises and goes to the head of the columns. He addresses them, inflaming them, and at a given signal, they throw themselves with incredible fury upon the mass of thorns.

Descending as if beaten back, they return three times to the charge, each time so swiftly that the eye has difficulty in following them. They mount onto the construction of thorns with the same ease that a dancer moves on the stage, and yet it is with their bare feet that they have been trampling the sharp spines of the cactus.

Another of their exercises was killing a maddened bull with their bare hands. Some were injured in the attempt, but, invariably, by the end of this maneuver the bull would be dispatched.

“One should not be astonished after this,” another writer adds, “to hear that these women fight with extreme bravery, exciting by their courage and their indomitable energy, the other troops that follow them. Like the men, they fought nude to the waist.”

From infancy the Dahomeyan warrior was trained to despise death. The following is an account of the death of a Dahomeyan spy as told by an eyewitness:

Executioner: “You know, brother, I am going to cut.” (Significant gesture at the neck.)
Spy: “Good.”
The condemned man knelt and hung his head as if he were only going to have his hair cut. The executioner raised his weapon and said, “Are you ready?”
“Here comes,” and the sword fell upon the neck of the poor devil, making only a deep wound. The blood spouted, the executioner becoming ferocious tried to saw off the head. Fatigued, streaming with sweat, he shouted to a comrade for his sword. In the meantime, the half-decapitated man, silent, stoical, uttered not even a groan.

Two hundred of the sturdiest women warriors and five hundred of the finest males form the king’s bodyguard.

The preferred weapons of the Dahomeyan warriors were short swords and knives, but some of them carried modern rifles, the use of which they had been taught by European instructors [Pay attention to the European’s role.] The army also had six Krupp guns and a few fieldpieces.

Behanzin’s policy was to keep all white persons out of the interior of his kingdom and exceptions were made in rare cases only. They were permitted to bring with them no sextants, surveying instruments, or cameras. The customs service was strict, and visitors had to carry about with them a special passport consisting of a palm almost wrapped in a special kind of leaf. Fear of the king’s wrath and the vigilance of his secret police prevented the corruption of the country’s officials. Theft or crime of any kind was rare. [Seeing this as a Gang operates will illuminate the reader. A Black gang disallows White trespassers, yes, but Whiteness already pervades the gang. The rare crime in question is ‘internal crime.’ Remember, Dahomey was a slave-trading empire. Gangs have rare internal crime too.]

Explorers and others who visited Dahomey were received as guests of Behanzin. Every courtesy was shown them, but they were virtually prisoners. Guides and domestics received strict orders as to what was not to be shown and with whom the visitors were not to speak.

Behanzin had ordered this because he had noted with increasing anger the intrusion of the European into neighboring kingdoms, as, for instance, Ashanti, where they appeared first as traders, missionaries, and visitors, and then as conquerors. They had gobbled up everything. He alone was left, and he meant to remain master in the land of his ancestors. [Think of this in the Ghettos of the West. Mis-Educated Africans mis-organize to be “Masters” (in the style of Europeans) of the land of their direct Ancestors–the Ghettos.]

Behanzin was tall, well built, strong, and impetuous, but dignified. Unlike his rival, King Toffa, nominal ruler of the neighboring protectorate of Porto-Nov, and unlike his own rich subjects, he dressed simply. In the manner of the senators of ancient Greece and Rome [Very insightful seeing how Greece and Rome are nowhere near Dahomey, modern-day Benin (implying classical Mis-Education); still it’s often the case that Gang leaders are comparably simple in material wants], he wore a long strip of silk around his body and draped across his bare shoulders. His only affectation was a long pipe of exquisite craftsmanship, which he puffed nonchalantly most of the time.

He was also a poet. His verses and war chants are said to be the finest ever produced in Dahomey.

. . . Germany had been supplying him with modern rifles, and five Germans held high rank in his army. . . ..

War began. In the first few engagements Behanzin was victorious. France, realizing that she had a difficult enemy to cope with, selected her best colonial fighter, Colonel A. A. Dodds, a Senegalese mulatto, and sent him against Behanzin [What’s interesting here is that Europeans use this tactic today, sending Africans to fight Africans; especially Bi-Racial Africans. This same tactic was done by Asians against Africans in Ancient Egypt and thereafter (Black Jamaicans fought Dudus’ gang in 2010.) This is omnipresent, but invisible to most due Mis-Education. This is why we Organize Knowledge against Organized Ignorance. Hence why the ABS teaches Human Nature. Subscribe and read around.]

Behanzin defied Dodds. To a letter demanding submission, he replied:

France wishes war. Let her know that I am stronger and more determined than my father. I have never done anything to France that she should make war on me. I have never gone to France either to take the wives or daughters of the French. If they wish to take the seacoast, I will cut down all the palm trees. I will poison them. If they have not what to eat, let them go elsewhere. Every other nation, German, English, Portuguese, can come into my kingdom. But the French, I will drive them away. I am the friend of the whites; ready to receive them when they wish to come to see me, but prompt to make war whenever they wish.

Behanzin and his warriors fought bravely, but they proved no match for the well-armed forces of the French, except in hand-to-hand combat. At Atchoupa, during a fierce storm, a force estimated at 7000 warriors and 200 amazons hurled itself at the French. The women fought with supreme courage, preferring death to retreat. Clinging to the legs of the French troops, they brought them to earth and poignard them.

Describing the battle, an eyewitness said:

The Dahomeyans showed a tenacity and bravery unheard of. But their dash was broken by the discipline and the marksmanship of the Senegalese sharpshooters. The entrance to the fort bore witness of the rage with which the Dahomeyans fought. . . . It was heaped with the corpses of men and women warriors.

At Djebe and Kana the amazons charged the machine guns, falling dead at the very feet of the French gunners. But again it was the old story of primitive man with his bravery and persistence against the machine. A few days later Dodds captured Dioxene, Behanzin’s largest palace.

[This story plays over and over in our History. Africans are taught the ways of Europeans. Some Africans imitate Europe’s tribalism with their own Gangsterism. The Gang becomes a Military Outfit that trades with Europe at it’s own disadvantage. The people under the Gang suffer from violence but are incredibly obedient. The Gang becomes bolder and more powerful, wanting to sit at the table of Europe. Europe rules otherwise, a conflict occurs, the Africans are destroyed.

Chicago today is the story of the Tribes being formed. Chicago had the same problem since at least the 1930s! The Problem with Africans remain the imitation of European ways. Europeans are Tribalistic. Africans are not. They switched the narrative on us; we need to work to switch it back. Help.]

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