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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Social Character of Slavery in Asante and Dahomey
Author:Obichere, Boniface I.
Year:1983
Periodical:Ufahamu
Volume:12
Issue:3
Pages:191-205
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Benin
Subjects:slavery
Ashanti polity
Dahomey polity
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Abstract:In the kingdoms of Asante and Dahomey, slavery was a social and political institution and not primarily an economic affair. Slaves were employed in domestic service as well as in military and political service. They were used for the purpose of replenishing the population and for preventing the extinction of some family lines. Slaves were in evidence more on social occasions as adornment and retinue for their masters than in the economic sphere. Upward mobility into the ranks of freemen was available to slaves in both kingdoms. Fig., notes, tab.
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