The Warriors Who Inspired The Dora Milaje
The story of the Dahomey Warriors is the inspiration behind The Dora Milaje, the all-female army that protected the king in Marvel’s Black Panther.
The Dahomey Warriors (also called Dahomey Amazons or Nonmiton) were a historically influential all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin, which lasted until the end of the 19th century.
As part of its docu-series, Women Who Changed the World, BBC Africa aired an episode about the women. Titled Dahomey Mothers.
The gripping documentary uses animation storytelling against a folk music soundtrack to tell us about these women who went before us, and their strides and achievements as they fought at the height of French colonisation, until they surrendered in 1894.
The Dahomey Mothers are as fierce and influential to African culture as the Amazons are to contemporary mythology.
In fact the moniker “Dahomey Amazons” stuck because Western observers and historians saw the similarity to the mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea.
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