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THE KINGDOM OF BENIN
THE YORUBA KINGDOM OF
THE KINGDOM OF DAHOMEY
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according acted administrative Africa Alafin appointed army Ashanti associated authority became Benin Bowdich called capital central century ceremonies charge chief chiefdoms Coast collected commoners compound council court cult Damel death divisions duties dynasty east established father force formed Foyn Fulani functions given Gonja groups hand Hausa head held hereditary important included independent installed institutions Katsina Kayor king king's kingdom Kumasi land later lineage lived major Maradi means Mesi military Mossi Muslim nineteenth century Oba's officials organization origin palace political population position present priests principal provinces rank received referred reign relations represented responsible retainers rites ritual role royal rukuni ruler ruling senior slaves social society sons subjects succession territory titles town trade traditions tribute various village ward warriors wives Yoruba