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 (də-hō′mē, dä-ô-mā′)
See Benin.

Da·ho′me·an (də-hō′mē-ən), Da·ho′man (-mən) adj. & n.
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(Placename) the former name (until 1975) of Benin
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1. Formerly, Dahomey. a republic in W Africa: formerly part of French West Africa; gained independence in 1960. 6,305,567; 44,290 sq. mi. (114,711 sq. km). Cap.: Porto Novo.
2. Bight of, a bay in N Gulf of Guinea in W Africa.
3. a historic kingdom of W Africa centered in Edo-speaking regions W of the Niger River.
4. a river in S Nigeria flowing into the Bight of Benin.
Be•ni•nese (bəˈnin iz, -is, ˌbɛn əˈniz, -ˈnis) adj., n., pl. -nese.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dahomey - a country on western coast of AfricaDahomey - a country on western coast of Africa; formerly under French control
capital of Benin, Porto Novo - the capital of Benin in southwestern part of country on a coastal lagoon
Cotonou - chief port of Benin on the Bight of Benin
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Niger, Niger River - an African river; flows into the South Atlantic
Beninese - a native or inhabitant of Benin
Ewe - a member of a people living in southern Benin and Togo and southeastern Ghana
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The Fon then speak of adahun; the term, dear to Fon creators, designated the fruit of their labors, but was not applied to all works; similarly, not all artists merited the title of adahunzowato (the maker of the wondrous thing), which, historically speaking, was reserved more particularly to those whose craft demanded expertise in several areas, such as, at the court of the kings of Danhome, the makers of parasols and the applique engravers, whose example is all the more interesting as an object of study in that they compared their art to photography: they were aware of playing with colors highlighted against a monochrome ground.
Over the long duree (the kingdom of Danhome lasted from the first half of the seventeenth century to the last part of the nineteenth) history has not left sufficiently documented evidence for us to be able to affirm that, in the sub-Saharan cultures, an object acquired such a status of uniqueness that the conditions of re-creation did not accompany it.
The example I shall use in conducting this analysis, that of court arts in the former kingdom of Danhome, appears to militate in favor of their real contribution to creativity, since the royal palace situated in the capital was to serve as shop-window for the whole of the nation's wealth.