Date of Degree
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Christopher D. Roy
The Royal Palace of Dahomey, which stands in varied states of decay and restoration in Abomey, Benin, has been subject to change and manipulation throughout its history (c. 1645-present). This dissertation focuses on its transformations during the French colonial and post-colonial periods and investigates how the palace functions as a site for religious ceremonies, a center for political struggle, and a symbol of non-European identity. It documents what physical transformations the palace complex underwent in relation to its changing roles, explores the ethics of external political forces, and investigates what influence the palace and royal history have had on contemporary identity and domestic architecture.
Abomey, Architecture, Dahomey, Kingdom, Tohosu, Vodun
xii, 322 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-322).
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