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The name of the Anthem:  
  "The Dawn of a New Day"

Per capita income 

  Benin   1960
    (The year the anthem was adopted)


To learn more about this country click here: Benin

        QUIZ QUESTIONS                    

 1. When did Benin get her independence and who was the leader of the independent Benin? How long was he in office? 2.     This nation, Benin, was once called Dahomey. Its is 42,000 sq. miles and its population is estimated to be about 9.05 million people.  Can you bound this country and tell the names of the countries that border it?
3. This country's official language is French, however, Fon and Yoruba are also said to be spoken widely in the country. Which country in Africa is Yoruba basically spoken? 4. Talking about Voodoo, In Muntu, Janheinz Jahn tells us: "The word is written in many different ways: Vaudou, Voudoux, Vodoo, etc, but it comes from Dahomey in West Africa, where it means 'genius, protective spirit', in the Fon language it is called 'Voduh' and in Ewe 'Vudu'. My question is, what is Voodoo and how is it practiced? Is it a true science, or it is just a superstitious belief? 5. Will you classify Voodoo as a Sympathetic Magic or a Homoeopathic magic? Is Voodoo a magic, religion or a medicine? Here are some different kinds of magic. Which one of these categorics will you include this Dahomey Voodoo? How about a belief or a faith journey? How about Paranoia or psycho-nervous disturbance? a. Sympathetic Magic b. Homoeopathic Magic c. Contact or Contagion Magic (Contagious Magic) d. Theoretical Magic e. Practical Magioc e. Ceremonial Magic f. A Religion g. "A deep psycho-nervous disturbance of a religious kind, bordering on paranoia." h. None of the above i. All of the above j. Some of the above ___________________________________________________________________________ Suggested Reading: (clue or sources for your answer--See Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion. 1951. pages 12-52. For additional sources on Magic and the Occult, read the following: Frater U.D. High Magic: Theory and Practice 2008 Daniel Lawrence O'Keefe: Stolen Lightening: The Social Theory of Magic. 1983. E. E. Evans-Pritchard: Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande, 1976. (The Azande people live in Sudan and in the Northern Democratic Republic of the Congo--formerly known as Zaire. Azande is a Niger-Congo language). Kurt Seligmann: The History of Magic and the Occult. 1975 BONUS READING. A. E. Waite: The Holy Kabbalah. Arthur Edward Waite, The Book of Black Magic, 1972. Translators: Samuel Liddell and MacGregor Mathers, edited with an Introduction by Aleister Crowley: The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King. Clavicula Salomonis Regis. Joseph Peterson (editor) The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses (hardcover) ___________________________________________________________________________ The reason for adding these magical books is to enable you to evaluate correctly what is meant by Voodoo which is said to have come from Dahamey that we now call Benin? How do you compare and contrast Voodoo with Magic? Are they the same or there is a difference? If there is a difference, what is the difference or what are the differences and similarities? Is Voodoo a religion or not? If you say it is a religion, how do you explain the religosity of Voodooism? In what ways is Voodooism a religion? What are its faith and ethical tenets? What are its faith or theological claims? Does it have an eschatological construct? In Haiti and other Caribbean nations, Voodoo is believed to have "combining elements of Roman Catholic ritual with traditional African magical and religious rites, and characterized by sorcery and spirit possession," (Wikipedia) What are the religious elements? WHAT IS VOODOO? ____________________________________________________________________________ 6. We are told that from the 17th century to the 19th century, this region was ruled by the Kingom of Dahomey and also referred to as? Choose one of these. a. Ivory Coast b. Gold Cost c. Grain Coast d. Slave Coast e. Coffee Coast 7. Those of you who have read the following books, should be able to answer question number 7 with ease. Basil Davidson: The Lost Cities of Africa, Black Mother: The African Slave Trade; Guide to African History; The African Past: Chronicles from Antiquity to the modern times. J. B. Webster and A.A. Boahen with H.O. Idowu: History of West Africa; Roland Oliver and J. D. Fage: A Short History of Africa; Joseph E. Harris: Africans and Their History Basil Davidson with F.K. Buah and the advice of J. F. Ade Ajayi: A History of West Africa. The above should serve as your bibliography. Now here is the question. Since the London Report of 1789 tells us that ten to twelve thousand slaves were exported yearly from the Kingdom of Dahomey to the New World during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, can you elaborate on how the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade was carried out? Which Western Nations were involved and how many slaves each of those nations is said to have shipped to the new world? For your answer, check the books above and particularly check pages 29 & 30 in Janheinz Jahn's Muntu: The New African Culture, 1961. 8.     Benin was not only referred to as Dahomey, it was also known as the People's Republic of Benin from 1972 to 1990. At that time, it was a Maxist-Leninist state. What was the political system replaced by? From a Maxist-Leninist to what form of government? 9. It should not be a surprise to anyone to learn about the French connection between Dahomey (now Benin) and Haiti. When Haiti was first known as Saint Domingue, or Saint Domingo, France controled the island since 1659. Beginning from 1795 to 1804, the entire island was a French Colony. France was exporting over six thousand slaves every year from Dahomey to Saint Domingue which later became Haiti after the slaves on the island revolted to seek their independence. The last French troop left the island in 1803. The next year, 1804 the African people on the island of Saint Domingue declared independence and changed their country's name from Saint Domingue to the Republic of Haiti. The slaves from Dahomey brought with them their African Religious practices of Voduh, Vudu, or Voodoo and mixed them up with the Roman Catholicism on the Island. My question is, Voodooism comprises of how much Catholicism and how much Africanism? Which percentage is greater? Is Voodoo more African or more Catholic? 10.  What is the capital city of Benin? Choose one. a. Cotonou b. Abomey-Calavi c. Porto-Novo d. Djougou e. Lokossa 11. What is the population of Benin? 12. Who is Yayi Bonl? 13. For administrative purposes, Benin is divided into 12 Departments. What are the names of these Departments and what are the names of their capital cities?         14.    What is the political structure of this country?          15.    Which western nation colonized Benin and for how long?          16 .  Which Religion majority of the people in Benin adhere to? a.     Africa Traditional Religions? b. Christianity c. Islam d. Hinduism e. Buddhism f. Judaism


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National Anthems of All
               African Countries

Every day a different African country's national     Anthem will play the entire day on this page.   This gives us an opportunity to listen to all the
National Anthems of each country in Africa.   There are 53 countries in Africa.  Some have
said that Liberia has one of the best Anthems
in the world.  Now we can listen to all the 
National Anthems of Africa and compare ours
with theirs.

The other reason for this exercise
is to provide our people the opportunity to
listen to, and to learn about other African
countries, see their flags, hear their National
Anthems, and enjoy the very beautiful music
we call, a country's National Anthem. Much
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Please take note of the dates each

country's Anthem is played.  We begin with
South Africa on the 5th of August and end with
São Tomé and Principe on September 24, 2013.
If you want to know more about any of the
African countries, just click on the name of 
the particular country below on the left in blue among the list of 53 countries and you will have the information right there at your finger tip.

One interesting factor about the listing of the 
African countries in the order in which they are
listed.  They are listed with the country with the
highest per capital income above and the lowest
per capital income at the bottom of the list. Liberia
is 6 up from the bottom.   Total number of countries
is 53.


French lyrics English translation
Jadis à son appel, nos aïeux sans faiblesse
Ont su avec courage, ardeur, pleins d'allégresse
Livrer au prix du sang des combats éclatants.
Accourez vous aussi, bâtisseurs du présent,
Plus forts dans l'unité, chaqu'jour à la tâche,
Pour la postérité, construisez sans relâche.
Refrain :
Enfants du Bénin, debout !
La liberté d'un cri sonore
Chante aux premiers feux de l'aurore;
Enfants du Bénin, debout !
Quand partout souffle un vent de colère et de haine.
Béninois, sois fier, et d'une âme sereine,
Confiant dans l'avenir, regarde ton drapeau !
Dans le vert tu liras l'espor du renouveau,
De tes aïeux le rouge évoque le courage;
Des plus riches trésors le jaune est le présage.
Tes monts ensoleillés, tes palmiers, ta verdure,
Cher Bénin, partout font ta vive parure.
Ton sol offre à chacun la richesse des fruits.
Bénin, désormais que tes fils tous unis
D'un fraternel élan partagent l'espérance
De te voir à jamais heureux dans l'abondance.
Formerly, at her call, our ancestors
Knew how to engage in mighty battles
With strength, courage, ardour, and full of joy, but at the price of blood.
Builders of present, you too, join forces
Each day for the task stronger in unity.
Build without ceasing for posterity.
Children of Benin, arise!
The resounding cry of freedom
Is heard at the first light of dawn,
Children of Benin, arise!
When all around there blows a wind of anger and hate:
Citizen of Benin be proud, and in a calm spirit
Trusting in the future, behold your flag!
In the green you read hope of spring;
The red signifies the courage of your ancestors;
The yellow foretells the greatest treasures.
Beloved Benin, your sunny mountains, palm trees, and green pastures
Show everywhere your brightness;
Your soil offers everyone the richest fruits.
Benin, from henceforth your sons are united
With one brotherly spirit sharing the hope of seeing you
Enjoy abundance and happiness forever.



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Complete National-Anthems-World-Edition-2013
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

      National anthems of the world Nationalhymnen der Welt. Free download

  The World Atlas









 South Africa---                                                       August  5



 Nigeria                                                                   August  6



 Egypt                                                                    August  7



 Algeria                                                                  August  8



 Angola                                                                   August  9



 Morocco                                                                 August  10



 Sudan                                                                    August  11



 Tunisia                                                                   August  12



 Ghana                                                                  August  13



 Libya                                                                    August  14



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       Ivory Coast                                                        
        August  18



 Tanzania                                                                 August  19



 Equatorial Guinea                                                  August  20



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 Democratic Republic of the Congo                          August  25



 Republic of the Congo                                            August  26



 Senegal                                                                August  27



 Mozambique                                                          August  28



 Namibia                                                                August  29



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       September   1



 Burkina Faso                                       
      September   1



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 Guinea                                                                    September   8



      September   9



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 Lesotho                                                                  September   13



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 Sierra Leone                                     
      September   15



 Central African Republic                                        September   16



 Cape Verde                                       
       September   17



 Djibouti                                                                   September   18



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 The Gambia                                      
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 São Tomé and Príncipe                                          September   24


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