Item Details

The Glories of Ancient Benin [electronic resource]

Sicomor
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Long, long, ago, three great hunters came upon a termitary from which emerged a nine-headed genie. A city was built on this spot, beside a pond named Abomiressa Adjaga after the god of the hunters. The Portuguese traders who arrived around 1600 called the city Porto-Novo (Newport). Teagmani, son of Pokbon, was king at that time, one of a long line of kings whose heritage is preserved in the Museum of Porto-Novo. Here we can see the richly embroidered royal robes and some of the utensils used at court. The carved doors of the Royal Palace provide a window into the political, social, economic, and cultural life of the kingdom. Its symbols are as applicable today as in King Toffa's day: the snail, to show that the King must guide his people slowly and patiently; the tortoise, symbol of invulnerability, means that while the King lives, no enemy can get on his back; the lizard symbolizes unity, for lizards hide in cracks and if the country is unified, no enemy can hide; the duck symbolizes wisdom, for one who cannot swim should not go into the water and one who is not sure of victory over the enemy should not attack. The Museum and the Palace contain a wealth of testimonials and memories of Benin's glorious past.
Release Date
1992
Run Time
15 min.
Language
English
Rating
6 & up
Notes
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films media Group on May 15, 2012.
Contents
  • Ancient Benin (1:52)
  • Symbols (1:47)
  • Ancient Culture Preserved (3:13)
  • Masks (3:45)
  • Importance of Ancient Culture (2:37)
  • Credits: The Glories of Ancient Benin (0:32)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1992.
Publisher no.
3077 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (15 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Mode of access: Internet.
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