By Patrick Claffey
This ebook, divided into vast sections, examines the nation within the Republic of Benin and the socio-political position of the Christian church buildings. the 1st appears on the striking pre-colonial state of Danxom- and its position within the imagining of the trendy contrat social beninois. the second one part appears at either the historic function of the mainline church buildings and the newer improvement of a Christianisme beninois. The examine concludes that the church buildings are peculiarly a statement upon the society during which they locate themselves. instead of an overt problem to the nation, they articulate social misery and the need for a unique destiny. In occasions of rigidity they could turn out to be the one practicable institutional buttress in addition to the arbiter. This research seeks to contribute to the certainty of the general public position of Christian church buildings in Africa.
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38 34 Coundouriotis, 63. William Bosman, A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea, London, 1705/1967. 36 Bul¿nch Lambe, ‘Abomey, 27 Nov 1724’, in William Smith, A New Voyage to Guinea, London 1744/1967. 37 John Atkins, A Voyage to Guinea, Brazil and the West Indies in His Majesty’s ships ‘The Swallow’ and ‘Weymouth’, London, 1735/1970. 38 Karl Polanyi, Dahomey and the Slave Trade, London: University of Washington Press, 1966, xxii. 39 They provide much valuable information on the organisation and nature of the Dahomean state and have a place in the historical record.
The question arose as to whether it should be left in French, on the assumption that the readers would know that language, or whether to translate it into English. This was more than a simple technical consideration since I felt that some of this material, from both French and Béninois sources, was very colourful and would inevitably lose in translation. I am thinking here particularly of some of the early missionary texts which were written very much in the language of their time which I was reluctant to sacri¿ce.
17 The population of the area at that time was well under half a million, from an estimated high of 462,000 11 David Eltis, “Economic Growth and the Ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade”, New York, 1987, 77, in Paul E. Lovejoy, ‘The impact of the Atlantic slave trade on Africa: a review of the literature’, Journal of African History, 30, 1989, 365–394. 12 Encyclopaedia Britannica: CD-Rom, 1999. 13 Paul E. Lovejoy, ‘The Impact of the Atlantic slave trade on Africa: a review of the literature’, Journal of African History, 30, 1989, 365.
Christian Churches in Dahomey-Benin: A Study of Their Socio-Political Role (Studies of Religion in Africa) by Patrick Claffey