The Fon live in the Dahomey kingdom, which is part of the Republic of Benin. Oral tradition suggests the Dahomey Kingdom was created by a Yoruba princess some time before the 17th century. During the 18th century, its territories expanded and they took part in the slave trade with the French colonials.
Two categories of Fon objects can be distinguished. The first includes royal paraphernalia and the second includes
and relates to the
or magical ceremonies undertaken to contact the spirit world and trap harmful forces.
is derived from the Yoruba language and refers to the Fon gods.
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FON Ancestral Figures/Statues
FON Fly Whisks