The West African country of Benin, on the Gulf of Guinea, is one of the poorest nations in the world. Formerly named Dahomey, it achieved independence in 1960 after 60 years as a colony of France. It received its new name, the People’sRepublicofBenin, after a military coup in 1972 and the
approaches to the anthropology of religion. Jeﬀrey Kahn’s essay oﬀers a sophisticated analysis of the failure of a nation- wide witch hunt initiated in the name of modernity in Benin. During the 1970s and 1980s the People’sRepublicofBenin made the elimination of witches a central pillar of their modernist
Senior Honor’s Thesis, Department of History, Princeton University
‘Ritual and Conversion in the Church of John Maranke’
Journal of Religion in Africa
‘Themes and Methods in the
. Matory / Journal of Religion in Africa 37 (2007) 398-425 Particularly in Cuba and Haiti, those religious practices identiﬁed with West African origins (that is, in Nigeria and the People’sRepublicofBenin) tend to be associated with communal piety and the worship of esteemed gods. Th ese traditions are
Women’s Protocol (n 17), Arts 15 and 16 specifically protect women’s right to ‘food security’ and to ‘adequate housing’.
Ibid, paras 57–58.
See e.g. Constitution of the People’sRepublicofBenin, Art 7 ‘The rights and duties proclaimed and guaranteed by the African Charter on