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    (August 1, 1960- )
    Formerly Dahomey
    Independent since August 1, 1960 (from France)
    Borders Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Togo
    Primary language is French
    Capital is Porto-Novo
    Slightly smaller than Pennsylvania
    One of every ten infants die.
    Life expectancy is a mere 53½.
    Less than half the males and only ¼ of the females can read.
    Nigerian drugs destined for Western Europe and the US pass through.
    During the Cold War, they sided with the Commies.
    The origins of Voodoo come from this area, and January 10th is a national holiday for believers in Voodoo.
    King Gezo's (1818-58) palace walls were built of human skulls. However he ended the trend of having his family sacrificed and buried with him.
    Scarification is still practiced in which young girls receive a dozen cuts. Later, when they fall in love, they receive 81 cuts on each inner thigh, called 'zidos.'
    Both genders serve in the military.
    Dahomey means 'on the belly of Dan' an ancient chieftain.
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