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This index presents a list of names of persons, and terms and concepts relevant to 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. Catholic Church played an important role in the establishment of colonial Dahomey, and the Churches continue to play various roles in the imagining of Benin down to the present day. Fr Francis Aupiais made remarkable contributions in two areas, which contributed to situating the Catholic Church in the socio-political space that, it can be argued, it has held in Dahomey-Benin ever since: the rehabilitation of African culture and the education of an early colonial local elite.

Keywords: African culture; Benin; Christian churches; colonial Dahomey; Fr Francis Aupiais



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