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This introduction chapter provides an overview of concepts covered in the subsequent chapters in this book. The book is divided into two major sections. The first is historical and anthropological that examines the traditional kingdom and the place of religion, the Vodún, in its politics. The book also discusses the Weltanschauung that produced the Vodún that still underlies Benin today and informs the religious imaginary of the Béninois. The final chapter of the book examines the unassumed memory of Danxomε in modern Benin. The second section discusses the role of the Christian Churches across a wide denominational spectrum, historically in relation to the kingdom, in the creation of colonial Dahomey, and in the modern state where they continue to play a very visible role.

Keywords: Béninois; Benin; Christian churches; colonial Dahomey; Danxomε; Vodún; Weltanschauung

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